Module Title: Biblical Theology
Module Code: THE401
Credit Points: 20 Credits
Compulsory or Optional: Required
Excluded combinations or modules: None
Mode of attendance: Mixed
This module aims to introduce students to the nature and purpose of biblical theology. It will explore the Bible’s central integrating themes from God’s perspective and his relationship with mankind and especially His people. This will involve an overview of the history and significance of the Jewish nation from its founding until the end of the New Testament. The module will further explore the study of selected topics involving detailed exegesis of selected passages in both Old and New Testaments. This module aims to provide a sound foundation to year 2 theological studies.
On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:
1. explain how the major themes and doctrines of the Christian faith are rooted in the Bible
2. provide an outline of biblical covenants
3. evaluate the variety of eschatological views relating to God’s relationship with His Church
This module will call for the successful student to demonstrate:
4. exegetical skills and reflection on their own personal understandings, attributes and skills
The creation; the fall of man; God’s choice of Israel; the Old Testament covenants; the Tabernacle of Moses and its functions; the Tabernacle of David and its functions; the Temple of Solomon and its functions; the inter-testamental period; the incarnation; the cross and redemption; the purpose of the end times in the light of God’s relationship with His church; the mission of the church in relationship with God and the world
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy
Staff-led lectures introduce students to the major themes and doctrines of the Christian faith, the various Biblical covenants and the work of God in Jesus Christ. Further development in student-led discussion groups allows for Tutor observation and feedback.
In Tutor-led seminars and workshops in and formative assessment where students discuss and present the following topics: the biblical story from God’s point of view; the fall of mankind and God’s response to it; the biblical and the evolutionist views of creation. Formative feedback enables students to further develop exegetical skills and prepare an essay plan before submitting a summative essay
Tutorial time enables Tutors to give formative feedback on draft essays, guidance to students on developing their presentations and constructive feedback on summative work.
Independent study to supplement these activities is an essential element of the programme, including reading and producing the module assignments.
• Student-led discussion groups with tutor observation (formative assessment)
• Essay plan 500 words (summative assessment)
• Essay 2500 words (summative assessment)
Childs, B. (2002) Biblical Theology. Augsburg: Fortress.
Bailey, J. (2000) God’s Holy People: A Theme in Biblical Theology. Wells: Continuum.
Mead, J. K. (2007) Biblical Theology: Issues, Methods and Themes. Westminster: Knox Press.
Alexander, T. D. (2001) New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.
Baker, D.L. (2010) Two Testaments, One Bible: The Theological Relationship Between the Old and New Testaments. (3rd ed.) Downers Grove: IVP.
Bartholomew, C. et al. (ed.) (2004) Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation. Cumbria: Paternoster Press.
Beale, G.K. (2012) Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament: Exegesis and Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.
Beale, G.K. (2004) The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.
Collins, J. J. (2005) Encounters with Biblical Theology. Augsburg: Fortress.
McGrath, A. (2011) Christian Theology: An Introduction. (5th ed.) Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Pate, M. C.(2004) The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.
Scobie, C. (2002) The Ways of Our God: An Approach to Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Hafemann, S. J. (ed.) (2002) Biblical Theology: Retrospect & Prospect. Leicester: Inter-Varsity Press.
Smith, C. (2009) The Jews, Modern Israel and the New Supercessionism: Resources for Christians. Lampeter: Kings Divinity Press.