Methods in Biblical Studies

To examine Paul’s strategies used in overcoming the specific problems among the Corinthian Christians from a Pentecostal perspective. Special application is made to comparable situations in modern Pentecostalism, and how Paul’s answers may in fact be addressing us.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB601
  • Credit points: 20
  • Subject coordinator: Adam White


The following subject is a co-requisite:

RES601 - Research Methods

Awards offering Methods in Biblical Studies

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

Unit Content


  1. Display a detailed understanding of the historical development of the theory and practice of methods in biblical studies. This includes:
  • Historical-critical methods;
  • Literary approaches;
  • Ideological criticisms;
  • Social-scientific theories.
  1. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to biblical studies;
  2. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in using methods of biblical studies;
  3. Demonstrate advanced skills in biblical exegesis.

Subject Content

  1. Historical-critical methods: textual, form and redaction criticisms
  2. Literary approaches: literary, rhetorical, narrative and structural criticism and  reader-response
  3. Biblical Theology: its origins, development and future
  4. Ideological criticisms: deconstruction, feminist criticism, liberationist and ecological readings
  5. Sociological approaches: using social-scientific theories to read the biblical text

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (Two weeks (not necessarily consecutive): 7 hours per day for 10 days = 70 class hours + 170 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 University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Postings (25%)
  • Minor Essay (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided