Part 1: Old Testament
Introduction to the Pentateuch
Old Testament history and narrative; history and Religion of Israel; Monarchy, Division and Exile
Old Testament Prophets: Major and Minor prophetic books
Wisdom Literature, Hebrew Poetry and the Rise of Apocalyptic
Part 2: New Testament
Jesus’ Life and Message as Portrayed in the Gospels
Luke-Acts: Historical or Theological?
The Church is Born and Expands
Peter, James and the Jewish Church
Paul, Missions and the Gentile Believers
Persecution of the Early Church
Introduction to the Epistles
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Understand and be aware of the history, religion, society and literature of the Old and New Testaments.
2. Articulate underlying concepts and principles in the study of the historical background of Old and New Testaments.
3. Describe and evaluate the interrelationship between the Old and New Testaments.
4. Show awareness of major themes and contents of biblical books.
Arnold, B. T. & Beyer, B. E. (2008). Encountering the Old Testament: A Christian Survey. Encountering Biblical Studies Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Barry, J. D. and Wentz, L. (eds) (2008) Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012. [Available online https://www.logos.com/product/36564/lexham-bible-dictionary]
Carson, D. A., Moo, D. J. (2005). An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Elwell, W. A. & Yarbrough, R. W. (20135). Encountering the New Testament: a historical and theological survey (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Elwell, W. A. (ed) (1996). Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. [Available online https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/]
Evans, C. A. (2005). Ancient texts for New Testament studies: a guide to the background literature. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
Hindson, E., & Towns, E.L. (2017). Illustrated Bible Survey: An Introduction. Nashville: B&H Academic
Hill, Andrew E. & Walton, John H. (2009). A Survey of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Keener, C. S. (2014). The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (2nd ed). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Longman, T., & Dillard, R. B. (2006). An introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan.
Matthews, V. H., Chavalas, M. W., & Walton, J. H. (2000). The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.