5IN114 Introduction to the Bible and Religion, 15.0 Credits
Introduction to the Bible and Religion, 15.0 Credits
Biblical Studies, Old testament, Biblical Studies, New testament, History of Religions
Autumn 2018/2019 Aug - Jan (w35-w03). Internet based distance education 50 %. Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: INE14
Entry requirements
General requirements for university studies
Education Level
First cycle
The course deals with religion from a historical perspective. The concept of Religion is discussed from a phenomenological point of view. An orientation is provided on the historical growth of the world religions and their sacred writings. The course deals in particular with the Old and New Testament, including their ancient Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman background. Emphasis is on their growth, ideological content as well as political and social circumstances. The course also introduces contemporary interpretations of the Bible and their theological relevance.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• be able to account for the historical growth of the world religions
• display basic knowledge and critical awareness of the Old and New testament, their background and growth
• display basic understanding of the relation between the ideology of religious texts and their historical and social contexts.
Collins, John J., 2018. A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 3 uppl. Minneapolis: Fortress (376 s).
Available as e-bok via EbscoHost for students and staff at University College Stockholm. Further information HERE.

Ehrman, Bart D., 2016. A Brief Introduction to the New Testament. 4 uppl. New York: Oxford University Press (432 s).

Partridge, Christofer, 2018. A Short Introduction to World Religions. 3 uppl. Minneapolis: Fortress (376 s).

Various articles.
Hanna Stenström, Jan-Olov Fors, Josef Forsling
Exam Types
Seminars, Written examination, Take-home examination.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Examination is divided as follows;
History of religion, part 1: 3 Credits, Old Testament: 5 Credits, New Testament: 5 Credits, History of Religion, part 2: 2 Credits
Confirmed by the Theology Faculty Board at University College Stockholm 2014-12-16
Literature revised 2018-01-24
Revised 2018-01-24