TH4601 - Introduction to the Bible


Introduction to the Bible


10 CC   5 ECTS

King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus: Distance Learning


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
90 hours of generated study time. 90 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
10 0 90

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: Nature of the Biblical Text

Lecture 1: What is Revelation?

Lecture 2: The Bible as Revelation: Liberalism vs. Neo-Orthodoxy

Lecture 3: The Bible As Revelation: Fundamentalism vs. Evangelicalism

Lecture 4: Establishing the Author’s Intent and Message: Is it Achievable?
Part 2: Formation of the Text

Lecture 5: How and Why the Bible Was Written

Lecture 6: The Canon of Scripture: Authoritative or Arbitrary?

Lecture 7: How We Received Our New Testament
Part 3: Transmission of the Text

Lecture 8: Copyists and Codices: Introduction to Textual Criticism

Lecture 9: Ancient Versions and Transmission History

Lecture 10: Choosing a Modern Version: Linguistic & Doctrinal Considerations

•    To establish a thorough understanding of the formation, transmission and nature of the Biblical text and thereby preparing students to engage in further exegetical studies later in the course.
•    To develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of varying viewpoints pertaining to the question of the authority of Scripture.
•    To encourage students to analysed and critically engage with contemporary approaches relating to textual criticism and canonicity
•    To challenge students to consider advanced scholarly ideas and theories that may not have previously been encountered.
•    To develop skills in communicating viewpoints in the above matters in the form of an academic assignment.

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.

  1. A sound knowledge and understanding of the nature, formation and transmission of the Bible text, thus permitting students to move on to further in-depth study of the Bible in subsequent modules with greater clarity of understanding.
  2. An understanding of the doctrine of revelation as viewed from a range of perspectives across the theological spectrum, thus equipping students to engage in a frank and objective evaluation of these views in order to reach their own conclusions concerning the Bible as a vehicle of divine revelation.
  3. An ability to recognise and evaluate scholarly discussion in theological textbooks and other reference resources.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
12000 word essay100%1-3Coursework

Formative Assessment: Students will be expected to interact within the activities presented to them in the module by sharing learning experiences or discussing theological issues on the eCampus forum. This formative exercise must be completed before the above summative assessment is submitted.

As assessment

Barnett, P. (2003). Is the New Testament reliable? (Rev. ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Erickson, M. J. (1998). Christian theology (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Johnson, P. S. (2011). The IVP Introduction to the Bible. Leicester: IVP Academic.

Kaiser, W. C. (2001). The Old Testament documents : are they reliable & relevant? Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Kitchen, K. A. (2003). On the reliability of the Old Testament. Cambridge, U.K. ; Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans.

Marshall, I. Howard (1982). Biblical inspiration. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

McCartney, D., & Clayton, C. (2002). Let the reader understand : a guide to interpreting and applying the Bible (2nd ed.). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Pub.

McQuilkin, J. Robertson (2009). Understanding and applying the Bible. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Metzger, B. M. (2003). The New Testament: its background, growth, and content (3rd ed.). Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

Metzger, B. M., & Ehrman, B. D. (2005). The text of the New Testament : its transmission, corruption, and restoration (4th ed.). New York, Oxford: OUP.

Moyise, Steve (2004). Introduction to biblical studies (2nd ed.). London: T & T Clark.


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