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TITLE Synoptic Study-Unit 1: Scripture

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Sacred Scripture, Hebrew and Greek

DESCRIPTION This study-unit seeks to assist students in the final year of the S.Th.B. course in their quest to reach a comprehensive and integrated approach to Scripture studies. Students are to be able to examine and present coherently the major issues in Scripture studies. The inter-relationship existing among the various spheres of Biblical theology is highlighted, especially through insightful reading of exegetical and theological texts.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the major themes present in the different parts of the Bible, and of the interrelationship between them.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Possess a measure of understanding of 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;
- Investigate the interplay between faith, reason and revelation in the light of Scriptures;
- Communicate and adapt the Christian message according to the context based on God's Word in the Bible;
- Communicate theologically-based responses on the Bible and the Teachings of the Church;
- Respond to basic queries related to faith and belief according to Scripture;
- Examine and question one’s own spiritual life in the light of Scripture;
- Reflect theologically on the Bible;
- Possess a measure of insight in matters of faith based on God's revelation in the Bible.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Elaborate at length on the themes of God and Revelation, Christology and Theological Anthropology, the Sacraments and Ecclesiology through the Biblical data;
- Critically analyze different views concerning Biblical issues;
- Demonstrate ability at synthesis in the field of Biblical theology;
- Communicate theologically-based responses on the Bible.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- FITZMYER Joseph A. BROWN Raymond E. MURPHY Roland E., The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, Prentice Hall: New Jersey 1990.
- LEVORATTI Armando J., The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century, edited by William R. Farmer, Collegeville/MN: Liturgical Press 1998.
- WENHAM Gordon et el., Exploring the Old Testament, 4 Volumes, InterVarsity: Downers Grove/IL 2003.
- WENHAM Gordon et el., Exploring the New Testament, 2 Volumes, InterVarsity: Downers Grove/IL 2001-2.
- BROWN Raymond E., An introduction to the New Testament (= Anchor Bible Reference Library), Doubleday: New York 1997.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study-units: Units in Sacred Scripture covered during the fourth and fifth year of course

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Seminar and Independent Study

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

LECTURER/S Stefano Attard
Marcello Ghirlando
Martin F. Micallef
Paul Sciberras

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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