Introduction to Biblical Studies

Overview

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

Fees

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

Tutor

Dr Stefano Salemi

Tutor

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.

Application

To enrol online, click 'Book Now', above.  To enrol by post, please see details of the application process.

Covid-19 guidance for summer school participants

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of participants is our highest priority. We've introduced a range of measures to protect you when you are in university and college buildings, in accordance with University and UK government guidelines. These measures may include: enhanced cleaning regimes and additional facilities for hand washing and hand sanitising; spaces adapted to support social distancing with clear signage and markings; a requirement for the wearing of face coverings during in-person teaching and in indoor shared spaces.

You'll be required to follow University and UK government guidelines whilst in Oxford, and to sign a ‘Student Responsibility Agreement’ in advance of the course, confirming that you will do so (this will be similar to the version for University students, which you can review online).  Further information is available at https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health. You should particularly review the University’s Face Coverings policy, which you will need to comply with at all times on University property.

If UK government regulations require you to quarantine on arrival in the UK, then you will need to arrange this yourself at your own expense. Unfortunately, we aren’t permitted to let you quarantine in University accommodation. Travel is not encouraged – and may not be permitted – if you are travelling from or through a country on the UK government’s ‘red list’.

If we have to cancel your course

Should it be necessary to cancel your course, we will make every reasonable effort to give you as much notice of cancellation as possible, and we will refund all course fees paid by you (including the cost of accommodation, if booked through us as part of your course). Where course fees have been paid in currencies other than in pounds sterling, refunds will be subject to the exchange rate on the date they are processed.

The Department cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur in relation to travel or accommodation bookings as a result of a course cancellation, or if you are unable to attend the course for any other reason. You are advised to check cancellation policies carefully and to purchase travel insurance.