Elective unit, MEdTheol, St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: 9-4pm, Thursday and Friday: 23 and 24 August; 20 and 21 September; and two days online.
This unit develops skills in the narrative-critical investigation of biblical texts, and in understanding how the narrative works to convey the theological perspective/s of its author/s. The narratives will be the Book of Exodus, and either two of the Passion narratives and two of the Resurrection narratives, or two discrete sections of the Gospels chosen from The Lukan Journey to Jerusalem (9:51-19:48), or Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount (5:1-7:29), or Mark 8:22- 10:52, or John’s Cana to Cana (2:1-4:54).
PREREQUISITES: One foundational unit (10 points) in Biblical Studies, or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- recognise and describe the role of Scripture as witness to God’s revelation for members of the Jewish and Christian faiths
- explain how the Scriptures developed in particular social, political and religious contexts
- identify and critique different theological views present in the biblical texts studied
- develop skills in the narrative analysis of texts
- conduct a narrative analysis of selected texts, showing how the text expresses a particular faith perspective
- demonstrate a critical and appropriate use of Scripture in a religious education context
3000 word exegetical essay (Old Testament) (50%); Learning resource: prepare a 20 minute PowerPoint for a staff meeting on one of the New Testament narratives you studied, and also provide a 1500 word commentary (50%)
BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
*Bible with the Deuterocanonical or Apocrypha Books. Suitable version is the NRSV
(New Revised Standard Version), RSV.
Bat Ephrat, Shimon. Narrative Art in the Bible. Bible and Literature. Series 17. Sheffield: JSOT, 1989.
Blackburn, W. Ross. The God who Makes himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. New Studies in Biblical Theology 28. Downers Grove, IL: Apollos, 2012.
Brown, Raymond E. The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A commentary on the Passion Narratives in the Four Gospels. New York: Doubleday, 1994.
Coggins, Richard. The Book of Exodus. Peterborough: Epworth, 2010.
Dozeman, Thomas B. God at War: Power in the Exodus Tradition. Oxford: OUP, 1996.
Edelman, Diana V., et al. Opening the Books of Moses. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012.
*Moloney, Francis J. Reading the New Testament in the Church: A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators and Believers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.
Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Paulist, 2012.
Polak, Frank H. Exodus. Berit Olam. Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 2009.
Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Boston, MA:
St Pauls, 1993.
Lecturer: MARY COLOE PBVM