The Biblical World: Texts and Traditions


Rev. Dr Kris Sonek OP (coordinator)
Semester 1, 2020
Thursday 10.00am — 1.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

As an introduction to the world and literature of the Bible, this unit offers an overview of the historical, cultural, social, and literary contexts of the literature of the Old and New Testaments. The student will be introduced to topics such as the history of Israel, religion, cult and Temple, the Torah, prophecy and wisdom, Gospel and Church, and the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds of the New Testament. The unit will also examine thematic and theological links between the Old and New Testaments. Topics will be illustrated by specific texts taken from both Testaments.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March




face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 500-word paper 10%
  • two 1,000-word essays 2 x 30%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%


  • Bergant, Dianne. Scripture: History and Interpretation. Engaging Theology: Catholic Perspectives. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2008.
  • Brueggemann, Walter, and Tod Linafelt. An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.
  • ———. Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002. 
  • Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.
  • Holladay, Carl R. A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.
  • Johnson, Luke T., and Todd C. Penner. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.
  • Moloney, Francis J. The Living Voice of the Gospel: The Gospels Today. 2nd ed. Melbourne: Collins Dove, 2006.
  • Neyrey, Jerome H., and Eric C. Stewart, eds. The Social World of the New Testament: Insights and Models. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2008.
  • Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. 1993.
  • Vatican Council II. Dei Verbum. Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. 18 November 1965. In Vatican II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, edited by A. Flannery. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1980.