Details for Introduction to the Bible

Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian life. Whilst many of us have read the Bible, there are many sections that are seemingly foreign and strange, or that we just plain avoid. This unit aims to introduce you to the Old and New Testaments, and its big-picture message. We will explore the historical and thematic developments of the Bible, assisting you to understand how the different biblical books and message all fit together. Further, we will discuss how the message of Scripture, which was set in a very different context to us, can be applied to today’s context.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB001
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: John Griffiths

Awards offering Introduction to the Bible

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Describe the overall content and significance of the Bible;
  2. Develop tools to identify the context of Old Testament and New Testament texts;
  3. Identify how the Old Testament and New Testament relate;
  4. Communicate the principles of the Bible to the contemporary situation;
  5. Discuss principles and insights derived from study of the bible for contemporary life and ministry.

Subject Content

  1. Introduction to the Bible and Canons
  2. Ancient Near East context
  3. Ancient Israel and Old Testament context
  4. Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  5. Synoptic Gospels
  6. Pauline literature & other Epistles
  7. Johannine Literature
  8. Luke-Acts and application to ministry in the pastoral context

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (on site)
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks).

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Weekly Tests (30%)
  • Diagrammatic Summary of a Text (30%)
  • Exegetical Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • Fee, G.D. & Stuart D., How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014, and
  • Grey, J., Them Us & Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today. APS Supplement Series 2, Sydney: SCD/ APS, 2008.


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