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TITLE Foundations of Theology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

DESCRIPTION The aim of the study-unit is:

(i) to introduce the students to Sacred Scripture as God's revelation throughout the history of the Jewish people in the Old Testament right up to the culmination of revelation in Jesus Christ;

(ii) to reflect theologically on the Bible, That is, to read the texts as a source for insights into God, the world, and what it means to be human and

(iii) to develop or to increase one's familiarity with the early development of Christian teaching, and to understand the basis of these teachings in the Bible.

This unit, prerequisite to all other courses in theology, introduces students to the texts that serve as the basis of the Christian faith. The course traces the evolution of the Judaeo-Christian tradition from the religion of the ancient Israelites through the religious experiences and expressions of the New Testament, and the writings of early Christianity. The study-unit moves appropriately through three major bodies of literature: the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the writings of early Christian.

Reading List:

- ARMSTRONG, A History of God, From Abraham to the present: the 4000- Years quest for God 1993.
- BROWN E., FITZMEYER Joseph A. and MURPHY Roland E. (ed.), The New Biblical Jerome Biblical Commentary, London 1990.
- COGGINS R. Introducting the Old Testament (The Oxford Bible Series) Oxford 1990.
- MCGRATH E. An introduction to Christianity, Cambridge/Ma 1997.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite study-unit:



Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Stefano Attard
Joseph Ciappara
Jonathan Rev Farrugia
Martin F. Micallef

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