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MRes Biblical Studies

Course length
  • 1 year full-time
  • Not available to study part-time
  • An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject
  • PGCert Biblical Studies
  • PGDip Biblical Studies
Summary

NB: This programme is only available for full-time study in 2016/17.

Please see further details on the maximum period of study.

This degree, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Whereas the MA aims at breadth, the MRes trains graduate students to specialise in an area of proposed doctoral research. Biblical languages are required on the MRes.


The timetable for 2016-17 can be found in the Postgraduate Options Handbook at the bottom of the page.

Teaching & Assessment

The programme consists of four taught modules - three core modules, one optional module - and a dissertation. If you already have the prerequisite language requirement then you can take an additional optional module. Students are assessed in each module through a combination of coursework and an end of year essay. The final dissertation of 12,000 – 15,000 words is on a research topic agreed by your supervisor.

Core modules group 1

Research Skills in Biblical Studies

Learn generic research skills (research methodology and project management) and subject-specific skills covering exegsis, lexicons and language skills, manuscripts, papyrology, intertextuality and translation.

This Research Skills module is designed to equip students for embarking on doctoral research in biblical and related studies. The module partly intersects with the content of the Research Skills in Theology module, which covers perspectives germane to major theological discourses, but differs from it in the teaching of the specialised biblical topics and language requirements.

Core modules group 2

Choose between the two modules.
Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament)

Concentrate on a choice of Old Testament texts.

Examine critical ways these texts have been and are being read through patristic, medieval, modern and postmodern eyes.Texts will also be read through a variety of Christian and Jewish interpretative approaches.

 

 

Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament)

Focus on the history of interpretation and the methodologies of the New Testament.

You will cover interpretations from the earliest times of the Patristic period, and you will look at medieval, modern and postmodern times.

Core language module

You must choose one language if you do not have the prerequisite language for your proposed doctoral study.
Biblical Hebrew

An introduction to grammar and biblical texts in Hebrew.

This module will introduce you to the fundamental rules of Hebrew grammar while providing the basics for understanding the language syntax and building up an extent vocabulary. This should give you the tools for further exegetical work in the Hebrew Bible and should enable you to read it in Hebrew with the aid of a dictionary.

New Testament Greek

An introduction to grammar and biblical texts in Greek.

Optional modules

The Bible in the life of the Church

Examine the Bible as the central religious, spiritual, intellectual and cultural source for faith communities of Judaism and Christianity.

This module examines the Bible as the central religious, spiritual, intellectual and cultural source of communities of faith: Judaism and Christianity in its various denominations. Exegetical analysis of selected Biblical texts will be reflected against the backdrop of their theological, liturgical, artistic and musical reception. Communities of faith will be seen both as the hermeneutical framework for the interpretation of canonical texts as well as inspired and fostered by them. According to specific interests of students, the module will also give an opportunity to improve practical skills regarding the “ministry of the Word”.

Second Temple Judaism

Examine a variety of texts in their historical and philosophical contexts.

In this module, you will study a variety of texts from Second Temple Jewish literature (early second century BCE to 135 CE). You will examine the historical and philosophical context of the creative interaction between Judaism and Hellenism through study of the continuity and plurality of ideas between the Old Testament and the New Testament and beyond, focusing on concepts ranging from messianism to ideas about death, immortality and resurrection.

Reading 1 Corinthians

Look at topics raised in Paul's letter such as improper behaviour, food offered to idols, the married and the single.

The city of Corinth was well known in the ancient world as a centre of trade and culture. Two letters of Paul addressed to the church at Corinth have been preserved and these give us insight into the types of problems Paul encountered with his church communities. This module focuses on Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Written in the early 50s CE, the letter deals with such topics as divisions in the church; improper behaviour; the married and the single; food offered to idols; whether or not women should cover their heads during worship; the Lord’s supper; spiritual gifts; and the resurrection. We will examine these issues through an analysis of the text of the letter along with an appreciation of the letter’s wider context and place in the development of Paul’s thought.

Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament)

Concentrate on a choice of Old Testament texts.

Examine critical ways these texts have been and are being read through patristic, medieval, modern and postmodern eyes.Texts will also be read through a variety of Christian and Jewish interpretative approaches.

 

 

Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament)

Focus on the history of interpretation and the methodologies of the New Testament.

You will cover interpretations from the earliest times of the Patristic period, and you will look at medieval, modern and postmodern times.