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The Bible: Fact or Fiction

Unit overview and content

This unit provides the opportunity for students to study the background and literature of the Bible, both Hebrew Bible and New testament, at an advanced level. The unit looks at whether the literature of the Bible can be considered ‘Historical’ and the nature of the historicity of selected texts. It will examine in brief the philosophy of history and ancient forms of historiography before a more detailed examination of different types of literature in the Bible and their historical value.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Oral Presentation (20%)
  • Online Quiz (10%)
  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
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