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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2017-2018 (archived)

Module TMMC1227: Introduction to Studying the Bible in its Original Languages

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC1227: Introduction to Studying the Bible in its Original Languages

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2017/18 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • TMM1067 Elementary New Testament Greek TMM1087 Elementary Biblical Hebrew


  • Give students a familiarity with basic morphology and syntax in biblical Hebrew and/or New Testament Greek
  • Equip students to use lexical aids and commentaries that refer to the original language(s).
  • Introduce students to textual criticism so that they might engage with commentaries which consider such questions


  • Language training using the early chapters of a standard text book
  • Reading, translation and exegesis of simple biblical texts, either Hebrew or Greek (or both)
  • Comparison of published English translations to explore translational practice and effect
  • Basic textual criticism

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Know some basic grammar and vocabulary in at least one biblical language
  • Know some basic principles of textual criticism
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Evaluate, at a basic level, published biblical translations
  • Use lexical aids and technical commentaries to inform exegetical and text-critical discussion of biblical texts
  • Perform elementary biblical exegesis based on the Hebrew or Greek text
Key Skills:
  • Use generic linguistic skills.
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a specific purpose.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Teaching methods to be specified by each TEI, selecting from the following:
  • Lectures provide content, a conceptual framework and a survey of approaches within a subject area that enable students to locate their learning in a wider context, to make connections with other disciplines, and to evaluate and apply their learning to different contexts.
  • Practical classes enable students to practice their linguistic skills and to learn from the feedback of teachers and peers.
  • Programmed online learning materials guide students through knowledge content, its wider framework and different approaches to its application.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 2,500 words 60%
General Test 30 minutes 40%

Formative Assessment:

Students will be expected to demonstrate engagement with the subject matter and the learning outcomes throughout the module by suitable formative assessments that encourage integrative and reflective skills. It is likely that formative linguistic or exegetical exercises may be set for formative assessment.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University