Survey of the Bible

Course Outline & Assessment Information


Take the grand tour of this magnificent Book. Get to know some of the Bible's heroes and villains. Learn about the "land flowing with milk and honey", about why pagan religions were so attractive to the Israelites and why the scribes and Pharisees got so mad at Jesus - and why He got mad at the small businessmen trying to make a shekel at the Temple. Develop a clear and cogent story-flow for this massive and sometimes confusing Book of books while providing interesting and helpful insights into the culture, customs, geography and major themes of the Old and New Testaments.

This subject aims to introduce students to the Holy Bible, equipping them with a sound working understanding of the content, structure, settings, and themes of both Old and New Testaments. It is designed to help students heighten their awareness of the Bible generally as well as provide insights into the major theological issues it addresses.

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural, religious and geographic influences on ancient Israel
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major themes and theological issues of the Old Testament
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and religious influences of the New Testament period
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the life and ministry of Jesus as portrayed in the New Testament
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the major themes and theological issues of the New Testament

Although not an assessable part of the subject, a key result of the course should be a heightened interest in and appreciation of the richness and value of the Christian Scriptures.


Class 1

  • What is the Bible?

Class 2

  • Inside the Book

Class 3

  • Authorship, inspiration and unity

Class 4

  • Culture and geography of the Old Testament

Class 5

  • Major themes & theological issues in the Old Testament

Class 6

  • Background to the New Testament

Class 7

  • The life and ministry of Jesus Christ

Class 8

  • The growth of the church in the New Testament

Class 9

  • Major themes & theological issues in the New Testament

Planning Your Study

This subject consists of nine lessons. But not every Class is of the same length or detail, and the exercises, readings, and assignments can vary greatly from one Class to the next. This is partly a result of trying to “group” related material together rather than artificially split it up into smaller lessons. While the first four lessons are fairly quick to move through, Class five is probably the most challenging, covering a vast passage of time, seemingly innumerable kings, prophets, and foreign invaders! It will take longer to work through than the first three combined.

Texts and Supporting Materials

The Bible (the New International Version is recommended).

Assigned readings available within the Survey of the Bible class web – provided within each Class via links to pdf files. Many of the lessons contain assigned readings from the course text and readings. The assigned readings are an important part of the course material and will greatly enrich your understanding of the subject. They are also necessary for completing exercises and/or assignments.


In addition to assessments, many of the lessons contain exercises for students to complete. These exercises are designed to engage students with both the teaching materials and with the biblical texts to heighten awareness and increase understanding. It is important that you engage as fully as possible in these exercises to maximize your learning in this class. Generally, it will be relatively easy to fulfill the exercises, but to maximize learning you are advised to take adequate time to reflect on and complete each one.

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There are five assignments to be completed:

  • Assessment #1 after Class 4
  • Assessment #2 after Class 5
  • Assessment #3 after Class 6
  • Assessment #4 after Class 7
  • Assessment #5 after Class 9

Some of the assessment items are presented as in-class quizzes and some are to be submitted as per the instructions. For this class they include the following elements:

  • Short answers, fill-in-the-blanks
  • Map work – identifying locations
  • A time-chart
  • Short essay responses
  • A summary of Jesus’ life

Assessment Submission

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  • PDF (Adobe Reader format documents)
  • TXT (standard text file format documents)
  • DOC (MS Word documents) and
  • RTF (Rich Text Format documents)

Dates for Assessment

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More about the Lecturer, Phil Hopwood.

Grading System

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Class Notes - Conventions

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How Long Do I Have to Complete the Class?

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