Introducing the Bible (16 points)

GCTRE Foundational unit

Four Saturdays, 2020
9.30am – 4.00pm
This unit offers an introduction to the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It introduces students to the principles of scriptural interpretation within the Catholic tradition and provides a foundation for understanding Scripture in the context of Religious Education and the life of the Church.

Census Date

Tuesday 31 March 




intensive mode: 9.30am – 4.00pm


  • Venue: Our Lady's Primary School, Craigieburn Road West
  • Four Saturdays, 2020: 29 February; 21 March; 9, 23 May


  • Venue: Notre Dame Australia, Melbourne Clinical School, Hoppers Lane
  • Four Saturdays, 2020: 22 February; 14 March; 2, 16 May


  • two 2,000-word essays 2 x 50% 

Set Texts Recommended for Purchase

The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version, with the Apocrypha: An Ecumenical Study Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan, Marc Z. Brettler, Carol A. Newsom, and Pheme Perkins. 5th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.


  • Barton, John, and Julia Bowden. The Original Story: God, Israel and the World. Grand Rapids, MN: W. B. Eerdmans, 2005.
  • Barton, John, and John Muddiman, eds. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Binz, Stephen J. Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2007.
  • Collins, John J. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.
  • Frick, Frank S. A Journey Through the Hebrew Scriptures. 2nd ed. South Melbourne: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2003.
  • Kelle, Brad E. Telling the Old Testament Story: God’s Mission and God’s People. Core Bible Studies. Nashville: Abingdon, 2017.
  • Moloney, Francis J. Reading the New Testament in the Church: A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators, and Believers. Grand Rapids, MN: Baker Academic, 2015.
  • Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2012.
  • Sumney, Jerry L. The Bible: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.