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The Bible: Fact or Fiction? (REL204)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Description The Bible is often subject to sensationalist and controversial claims suggesting it is secret code, myth, history, creation science, or fiction. This unit introduces students to the various types of texts contained within the Bible and to some of the common problems associated with its interpretation. It is intended for students who may have some, little, or no knowledge of the Bible and of its historical and literary analysis.
Unit Learning Outcomes Successful completion of the unit will enable you to:
1. Describe the main features of the social, economic, political and religious world of the biblical texts.
2. Identify the chief historical and religious factors shaping the ancient Israelites and early Christians.
3. Outline the contents and major themes of biblical literature.
4. Explain and apply recent theories about the formation of these writings.
5. Comment exegetically on selected passages, using standard commentaries, reference works and synopses (where applicable).
6. Outline the development of the canon and text of the Bible.
7. Illustrate modern trends in biblical interpretation.
8. Identify theological issues relating to the content or methods of biblical study, and assess their significance for your own understanding and values.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour; tutorials: 1 hour.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures, set readings of biblical texts and secondary reading.
Assessment Four items of assessment:
1. 1000-word essay on Old Testament
2. 1000-word essay on New Testament
3. 2-hour closed-book final exam
4. Participation (internal) Journal (external)
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Minors Religion
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Suzanne Boorer
Senior Lecturer Old Testament

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6141
e: S.Boorer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.040 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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