At Liverpool Hope our Biblical Studies course is taught by internationally recognised scholars, who are also dedicated teachers. The Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies is particularly proud of its provision in Biblical Studies, which provides the opportunity for the in-depth engagement with the biblical texts throughout all three years, forming a full 50% of a combined undergraduate degree. The emphasis is upon the historical, theological and literary aspects of the Bible and the reception of the texts in the contemporary world. As part of a joint degree, Biblical Studies does not require the study of the biblical languages (if you are interested in undertaking such studies, then our single honours degree in Theology is the course to explore); rather you will be given the opportunity critically to analyse the scriptures in translation under the guidance of internationally renowned scholars and practitioners. Our Department has particular expertise in the letters of Paul, the Gospels of Matthew and John, biblical law and biblical theology. In addition to our core teaching staff we also have two visiting professors in biblical studies, Professor Henry Wansborough (NT) and Professor Marco Settembrini (OT). In summary we believe that Hope's provision in biblical studies is of the very highest quality and that the emphasis we place upon it and the extent of our provision makes our Department an obvious choice for any who wish to make biblical studies central in an undergraduate combined degree.
Why choose this subject?
The courses and topics available to study include:
The standard offer level is a minimum of 300 UCAS points, including a minimum of two A/A2 levels or equivalent.
Biblical Studies is a combined honours subject. It can be studied with the following subjects. All course combinations result in a BA Hons degree.
|Biblical Studies and Christian Theology||UCAS code V900|
|Biblical Studies and Education||UCAS code VX36|
|Biblical Studies and Early Childhood||UCAS code VC69|
|Biblical Studies and English Language||UCAS code VQ63|
|Biblical Studies and International Relations||UCAS code V6L2|
|Biblical Studies and Media & Communication||UCAS code VP63|
|Biblical Studies and Philosophy & Ethics||UCAS code VV6M|
|Biblical Studies and Politics||UCAS code VPL2|
|Biblical Studies and Sociology||UCAS code VV63|
The critical study of the biblical texts develops highly-transferable skills of critical thinking, analysis and debate. It also promotes an awareness of the importance of cultural context, the historical perspective, literary-critical theory and the basis of differing belief systems. These subject knowledge and transferable skills will help prepare you for a career in a variety of professions, and employers and graduates in Arts subjects such as biblical studies often find that the subject provides an excellent foundation for the development of career opportunities in such areas as journalism, law, charity work and healthcare. More particularly biblical studies, particularly when combined with another subject with Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, may provide you with the comprehensive education required to follow a religious vocation and/or prepare you for postgraduate study in Theology or a cognate area. Other career opportunities for students may include working within museums and historical archives.