Introduction to Biblical Studies


This course is an introduction to the Bible, its text, canon, and theological themes. The purpose of the course is to provide students with a foundation for careful and informed analysis of both the Old and New Testaments as Scripture. It will proceed by overviewing the biblical books and describing their content, theology, culture, literary and religious contexts. The course will also help students identify and develop tools and methods for biblical interpretation. While analysing the main theological topics of the Bible, ample space will be given to discuss their relevance for Christianity.

Programme details

Session 1

Introduction to the Old Testament

Session 2

The Pentateuch

Session 3

The Historical Books

Session 4

The Poetical and Wisdom Books

Session 5

Prophets and prophecies

Session 6

Introduction to the New Testament

Session 7

The Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles

Session 8

Jesus in the New Testament

Session 9

Pauline Letters

Session 10

The other New Testament Writings

Session 11

The book of Revelation

Session 12

Biblical Theology Survey and Themes


Description Costs
Programme Fee (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner) £850.00
Programme Fee (Standard Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1485.00
Programme Fee (Standard Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1245.00
Programme Fee (Superior Single Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1600.00
Programme Fee (Superior Twin Room - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1345.00


Dr Stefano Salemi


Scholar of biblical and systematic theology, hermeneutic, liguistics and exegesis. He read history, religion, theology, biblical languages and studies, research fellow at Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, King's College London.

Course aims

This course aims to read through the Old and New Testament, in order to demonstrate a critical and reflective understanding of their content. It will analyse different genres of both testaments in light of their cultural, historical, religious context and evaluate their biblical and theological comprehension.

Teaching methods

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars and individual tutorials. Students also conduct private study when not in class and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research needs.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:

  • The formation, composition, and content of the Bible
  • The major themes of the text and be able to identify them
  • How to analyse and interpret the biblical text
  • How to display critical thinking skills
  • How to engage theologically with the text

Assessment methods

Students are assessed during the summer school by either a 1500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. There is also a pre-course assignment of 1000 words set. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing a student's ideas and therefore its completion is mandatory.