An Introduction to the Bible for Christian Ministry (Online) TRS1022

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This is an entry-level course intended to introduce students in training for Christian ministries to biblical literature, history and interpretation. It will offer a summary overview of biblical texts and approaches to biblical interpretation, including consideration of Torah, Prophets, Writings, a Gospel and New Testament letters, including those associated with Paul.


Mixed mode course - Online via Moodle including podcasts of lectures + face to face seminars by arrangement

Requirements of Entry

Acceptance to BD Min or BD programme.

Excluded Courses

Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible NUPU/1006





The exam will address biblical themes and texts in relation to basic chronologies and contexts. (50%)

Essay One (1500 words) will assess and present the results of a basic research exercise in relation to biblical texts. (25%)

Essay Two (1500 words) will be related to use of the bible within the context of ministerial practice. (25%)



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To introduce students to the main themes and texts of the Old and New Testaments

To introduce the basic chronologies and contexts behind these texts

To introduce students to key critical issues and concepts

To introduce students to the use of biblical texts in the contexts of Christian ministries

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify the main themes and texts of the Old and New Testaments

■ fit these themes and texts into basic chronologies and contexts

■ identify how biblical texts are used in ministry settings

■ carry out their own research in relation to simple focused tasks

■ assess and present information related to specific discussion tasks

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.