Course: The Bible

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Course title The Bible
Course code KTEO/BI
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 2
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Nicolson Stuart John, M.A.
  • Mackerle Adam, doc. ThLic. Th.D.
Course content
1) General Introduction: terminology, basic characteristics of Biblical texts; how to quote biblical texts. 2) Old Testament: nature and origin of OT books and genres; 3) The Bible in the last centuries before the Common Era: translations, interpretations, OT apocryphs. 4) New Testament: the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Gospels, Letters, Revelation; 5) Bible in the Middle Ages: translations, characteristics, NT apocryphs, ways of interpretations; 6) Renaissance, Humanism, Reformation: new ways of reading the Bible; 7) Modern and Contemporary Criticism: how we read Bible today.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The course is aimed at the students of humanities. Its purpose is twofold: 1) to introduce the student to the Bible, its structure and content; to present the main themes and texts from both the Old and the New Testament. 2) to present practical examples of how the biblical text has been understood and absorbed in the western culture (in art, music, literature, vocabulary etc.)


Assessment methods and criteria
The student has 1) to answer succesfully and in due time the tests in Moodle. Only two of the tests may have the rating under 100 percent. 2) to read and thoroughly study selected Biblical books (chosen previously in due time in Moodle) and to show his/her good knowledge of the content of the course. Detailed information and dates are to be found in Moodle.
Recommended literature
  • Bartoň,J.:. Český biblický překlad.In Informace královehradecké diecéze 12/2006 str. 6-8.
  • Dohmen, C., Stemberger, G. Hermeneutika židovské Bible a Starého zákona.. Praha,Vyšehrad, 1996. ISBN 978-80-7021-874-7.
  • Dus, Jan A. (ed.). Novozákonní apokryfy. Praha Vyšehrad, 2001. ISBN 80-7021-406-6.
  • Dus, Jan A. (ed.). Sv. I: Neznámá evangelia. Praha Vyšehrad, 2003. ISBN 80-7021-593-3.
  • Dus, Jan A. (ed.). Sv. II: Příběhy apoštolů;Sv. III.: Proroctví a apokalypsa. Praha Vyšehrad, 2007. ISBN 80-7021-593-3.
  • Mackerle, Adam. Bible. Mnoho hlasů, jedno slovo.. Brno, nakl. Cesta, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7295-107-9.
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav. Komu patří Bible?. Praha, 2009. ISBN 978-80-7207-712.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2018) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Winter