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Study Biblical Studies at Otago

Study Jewish and Christian scriptures.

Biblical Studies looks in detail at the biblical writings in their ancient contexts and considers how they should be interpreted.

Biblical Studies papers are divided between Old Testament (Tanakh or Hebrew Bible) and New Testament.

You can also study the biblical languages (Classical Hebrew and New Testament Greek) to an advanced level.

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Qualifications

Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

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

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)

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Biblical Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Biblical Studies is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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.

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)

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 Theology Programme.

Minor subject requirements

Biblical Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc 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), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) 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

Note: This minor subject is not available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology (BTheol).

Papers

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
BIBS112 2021 Interpreting the Old Testament 18 points First Semester
BIBS121 2021 Interpreting the New Testament 18 points Second Semester
BIBS131 2021 Introductory New Testament Greek Language 1 18 points First Semester
BIBS132 2021 Introductory New Testament Greek Language 2 18 points Second Semester
BIBS211 2021 God, Land and Exile in the Hebrew Prophets 18 points Second Semester
BIBS213 2021 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 2 18 points Full Year
BIBS215 2021 Special Topic: The Bible in Religious Education 18 points First Semester
BIBS218 2021 Judaism in the Time of Jesus 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS221 2021 The Gospels 18 points First Semester
BIBS223 2021 Greek New Testament Exegesis 2 18 points Full Year
BIBS224 2021 Special Topic: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS225 2021 Special Topic: Approaches to Hermeneutics 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS226 2021 Jesus in the New Testament 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS311 2021 God, Land and Exile in the Hebrew Prophets (Advanced) 18 points Second Semester
BIBS313 2021 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis 3 18 points Full Year
BIBS315 2021 Special Topic: Israels Return from Exile 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS317 2021 God, Suffering and Justice 18 points First Semester
BIBS318 2021 Judaism in the Time of Jesus (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS321 2021 The Gospels (Advanced) 18 points First Semester
BIBS322 2021 The New Testament Epistles 18 points Second Semester
BIBS323 2021 Greek New Testament Exegesis 3 18 points Full Year
BIBS324 2021 Special Topic: The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS325 2021 Special Topic: Approaches to Hermeneutics 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS326 2021 Jesus in the New Testament (Advanced) 18 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS411 2021 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis (Advanced) 20 points Full Year
BIBS412 2021 Special Topic: Israels Return from Exile (Advanced) 20 points Not offered in 2021
BIBS413 2021 God, Suffering and Justice (Advanced) 20 points First Semester
BIBS421 2021 Greek New Testament Exegesis (Advanced) 20 points Full Year
BIBS423 2021 Special Topic: The New Testament Epistles 20 points Second Semester
BIBS490 2021 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period

Key information for future students

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