The development of the Bible

Ref: C2337896

The Old Testament was produced over a period of more than a thousand years. We'll examine how this worked out from oral traditions to written documents which were frequently revised. We'' also analyse changing views in the understanding of God.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To introduce students to the complex development of the books that make up the Bible, The Old Testament will be considered first.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the complexity of the growth f the Bible.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why some accept the Apocrypha and some do not.
  • Describe similarities and differences between the Hebrew scriptures and ancient New Eastern texts.
  • Analyse changes in the idea of God in the Old Testament.
  • Argue why knowledge of the Old Testament in still valuable.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring a Bible to the class.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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The development of the Bible Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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