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Study Biblical Studies at Otago

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Overview

Biblical Studies is devoted to the study of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, looking at the origins of the biblical writings and the history of their interpretation.

For further information, please see the subject entries for Theology  and Religious Studies.

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Contact details

Email theology@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/theology

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Biblical Studies (BIBS) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Biblical Studies

LevelPapersPoints
100-level

BIBS 112  Interpreting the Old Testament

BIBS 121  Interpreting the New Testament

18

18

200-level

Three 200-level BIBS papers, one of which may be replaced with a 200-level CHTH paper

54

300-level

Four 300-level BIBS papers, one of which may be replaced with a 300-level CHTH paper

72
Plus

198 further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total 360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Biblical Studies

Papers
  • BIBS 490  Dissertation

  • Three further 400-level BIBS papers

    One 400-level CHTH, MINS, PAST or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level BIBS paper.

    Prerequisites: 36 points of either Greek or Hebrew language (or other combinations of papers comprising one year of Greek or Hebrew language study)

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Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) endorsed in Biblical Studies

Papers

A programme may be endorsed in Biblical Studies if it includes a total of eight BIBS papers, including three at 300-level.

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Bachelor of Theology with Honours (BTheol(Hons)) in Biblical Studies

Papers

One 400-level CHTH, MINS, PAST or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level BIBS paper.

Prerequisites: 36 points of either Greek or Hebrew language (or other combinations of papers comprising one year of Greek or Hebrew language study)

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Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) in Biblical Studies

Papers

Prerequisites: 36 points of either Greek or Hebrew language (or other combinations of papers comprising one year of Greek or Hebrew language study)

Note: Some variations may be possible. For further details consult the University of Otago Calendar or the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion.

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Minor Subject Requirements

Biblical Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

Two 100-level BIBS or HEBR papers

36
200-level

Two 200-level BIBS papers

36
300-level One 300-level BIBS paper 18
 

May include either RELS 211  The Dead Sea Scrolls or RELS 311  The Dead Sea Scrolls (Advanced)

 
Total   90

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