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Biblical Studies (Postgraduate Certificate)

Duration: 12 months

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Studies offers the opportunity for the in-depth study of some of the texts which have been of immense significance for the development of Western (and not only Western) civilisation. The writings of the Old and New Testaments are primary sources of Christian faith and of theology, and as such remain a source of inspiration, but are also the subject of (often fierce) controversy among Christians of various denominations.

Biblical texts, however, have also greatly influenced literature, music, painting, sculpture and other ways of cultural expression, including popular culture, throughout the last two millennia. At the same time, certain passages of the Christian Bible have sometimes been interpreted with disastrous consequences for individuals and entire groups of people.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Studies provides students with the skills and expertise to read, discuss and write about the Bible in a manner which is both scholarly and engaging, as well as to assess critically the interpretations offered by others. Students learn to understand the texts of the Old and New Testaments in their historical and socio-cultural setting, but they also gain insight into their theological significance and lasting influence. In addition to a more detailed analysis of selected writings or corpora of writings, and being introduced to some major issues in biblical interpretation, they become familiar with a variety of methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Bible, the tools used by biblical scholars, and with the most important developments in the field of biblical scholarship.

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

 

Curriculum

The Certificate is gained when students have successfully completed either four 15 credit courses, or one 30 credit and two 15 credit courses, plus one non-credit bearing module on postgraduate thinking skills. The courses are delivered either through evening sessions or at the weekend at Liverpool Hope’s Childwall campus.

The 15 credit courses offered this year include: ‘Law, Prophecy and Wisdom: Three Worldviews in the Old Testament’, ‘Jewish Apocalyptic Literature’, ‘Pauline Literature’ and ‘Johannine Literature’. The 30 credit course is on ‘Biblical Hermeneutics in a Pastoral Context’. While the 15 credit courses focus on selected biblical writings, including in some cases non biblical texts which are essential for the understanding of the Bible, they also introduce students to major issues in biblical interpretation in general. Furthermore, they enable students to become familiar with a variety of methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Bible, the tools used by biblical scholars, and with the most important developments in the field of biblical scholarship.

It is envisaged that a different range of courses will be offered in alternate years, so that also other parts of the Old and New Testaments can be included in the curriculum. This would also allow students to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma, and thereafter (with a dissertation) to an MA in Biblical Studies.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree.

Teaching & Research

A range of teaching and learning methods are used, including in the first place interactive lectures in small groups, for which students prepare by prior reading and completing other assignments, and during which they are able to engage in conversation with scholars and fellow students. They also have the opportunity to practice textual analysis, gain experience in using Biblical tools and resources, and to develop their oral presentation skills. Assessment is by an extended essay.

The Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies has a long-established and successful record of research, with research ranked as 'world leading' in the last national Research Assessment Exercise. The programme draws on the internationally acknowledged research expertise of existing members of the Department with that of visiting Professorial staff. Following recent appointments, the Department’s expertise in Biblical Studies, and in New Testament Studies in particular, has been significantly strengthened. Inclusion of modules taught by internationally acclaimed specialists in the Old Testament ensures balance in introducing the different corpora of writings, which nowadays comprise the Christian Bible, as well as their broader social, cultural and historical setting.

Employability

Given the centrality of the Bible throughout history as well as its lasting importance in contemporary culture and societies, the knowledge and skills that the Certificate will offer will be relevant not only for a range of positions in different churches and religious communities but also in other sectors.

For instance, it could prepare students for a career, and contribute to their professional development, in journalism, advertising, education, and the cultural and tourist sectors. The ability to analyse and discuss written sources, engage in critical, interpretative thinking and present arguments clearly and accurately will be greatly appreciated by employers in a variety of other settings.

Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Studies offers the opportunity for the in-depth study of some of the texts which have been of immense significance for the development of Western (and not only Western) civilisation. The writings of the Old and New Testaments are primary sources of Christian faith and of theology, and as such remain a source of inspiration, but are also the subject of (often fierce) controversy among Christians of various denominations.

Biblical texts, however, have also greatly influenced literature, music, painting, sculpture and other ways of cultural expression, including popular culture, throughout the last two millennia. At the same time, certain passages of the Christian Bible have sometimes been interpreted with disastrous consequences for individuals and entire groups of people.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Biblical Studies provides students with the skills and expertise to read, discuss and write about the Bible in a manner which is both scholarly and engaging, as well as to assess critically the interpretations offered by others. Students learn to understand the texts of the Old and New Testaments in their historical and socio-cultural setting, but they also gain insight into their theological significance and lasting influence. In addition to a more detailed analysis of selected writings or corpora of writings, and being introduced to some major issues in biblical interpretation, they become familiar with a variety of methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Bible, the tools used by biblical scholars, and with the most important developments in the field of biblical scholarship.

This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit www.hope.ac.uk/international 

 

Curriculum

The Certificate is gained when students have successfully completed either four 15 credit courses, or one 30 credit and two 15 credit courses, plus one non-credit bearing module on postgraduate thinking skills. The courses are delivered either through evening sessions or at the weekend at Liverpool Hope’s Childwall campus.

The 15 credit courses offered this year include: ‘Law, Prophecy and Wisdom: Three Worldviews in the Old Testament’, ‘Jewish Apocalyptic Literature’, ‘Pauline Literature’ and ‘Johannine Literature’. The 30 credit course is on ‘Biblical Hermeneutics in a Pastoral Context’. While the 15 credit courses focus on selected biblical writings, including in some cases non biblical texts which are essential for the understanding of the Bible, they also introduce students to major issues in biblical interpretation in general. Furthermore, they enable students to become familiar with a variety of methods and approaches used in the academic study of the Bible, the tools used by biblical scholars, and with the most important developments in the field of biblical scholarship.

It is envisaged that a different range of courses will be offered in alternate years, so that also other parts of the Old and New Testaments can be included in the curriculum. This would also allow students to progress to a Postgraduate Diploma, and thereafter (with a dissertation) to an MA in Biblical Studies.

Entry Requirements

Normally a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree.

Teaching & Research

A range of teaching and learning methods are used, including in the first place interactive lectures in small groups, for which students prepare by prior reading and completing other assignments, and during which they are able to engage in conversation with scholars and fellow students. They also have the opportunity to practice textual analysis, gain experience in using Biblical tools and resources, and to develop their oral presentation skills. Assessment is by an extended essay.

The Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies has a long-established and successful record of research, with research ranked as 'world leading' in the last national Research Assessment Exercise. The programme draws on the internationally acknowledged research expertise of existing members of the Department with that of visiting Professorial staff. Following recent appointments, the Department’s expertise in Biblical Studies, and in New Testament Studies in particular, has been significantly strengthened. Inclusion of modules taught by internationally acclaimed specialists in the Old Testament ensures balance in introducing the different corpora of writings, which nowadays comprise the Christian Bible, as well as their broader social, cultural and historical setting.

Employability

Given the centrality of the Bible throughout history as well as its lasting importance in contemporary culture and societies, the knowledge and skills that the Certificate will offer will be relevant not only for a range of positions in different churches and religious communities but also in other sectors.

For instance, it could prepare students for a career, and contribute to their professional development, in journalism, advertising, education, and the cultural and tourist sectors. The ability to analyse and discuss written sources, engage in critical, interpretative thinking and present arguments clearly and accurately will be greatly appreciated by employers in a variety of other settings.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Andrew Cheatle

Award Co-ordinator

+44 (0) 151 291 3577

cheatla@hope.ac.uk

Department: Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religion

Start date January & October

How to apply

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