TH4618 - Survey of the Bible


Survey of the Bible


20 CC   10 ECTS

King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus: Distance Learning


48 hours tutor contact time 48 hours
152 hours of generated study time 152 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
48 0 152

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

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

The Apocalypse

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history, religion, society, and literature of the Old Testament.
  • To encourage students to investigate the theology and content of specific Old Testament books for the purposes of understanding better the overall themes of the Old Testament.
  • To provide an opportunity for analysis and independent thinking of differing approaches and themes.
  • To develop skills in communicating viewpoints in the form of an academic assignment.
  • To lay a foundation enabling students to progress to further studies within Certificate level and provide training in development towards diploma level studies

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

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.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
13000 word assignment100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

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]

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]

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.

Calvin Smith


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