Curriculum Objectives

This course unit introduces students to the critical study of the Bible, its literary forms, historical and cultural contexts, and theological themes. It provides a foundation for further biblical and theological study.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit of study, students will be able to:

  • analyse the major narratives, themes and structures of the books of the Bible
  • assess the significance of the main historical, social and cultural factors that provided the context of the composition of the Bible
  • engage critically with significant introductory secondary literature in the study of the Bible
  • utilise basic skills in performing historical-critical exegesis of Biblical texts, and
  • apply insights from their study to Christian life and ministry within their particular context.

Assumed Knowledge 

Not applicable

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week session, 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.


Dr Jonathan Thambyrajah

Teaching methods

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

Indicative Assessment

At the Institute we use a range of assessment tasks, including essays, research papers, online posts, critical reflections, projects and praxis exercises. Within a unit of study each set of assessment tasks is designed as an integral part of your learning experience. These tasks vary across units and programs. All assessment tasks are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework level appropriate for graduate awards.

BBI-TAITE is an associate member of the Catholic Biblical Federation