This Masters programme is founded upon the experience that the most fruitful approach to the Bible begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text.
As Scripture, the Bible is a collection of writings that nourishes and makes sense of people's lives. This Masters reads the Bible in this perspective, and out of conviction that the most fruitful reading begins with a deep and prolonged engagement with the biblical text - the approach of the New Testament writers, the Church Fathers, the medieval theologians, the Reformers, and of the mystical tradition. It also offers the knowledge and skills for an engagement with the Bible that unlocks its literary and theological depth, as well as its challenge and spiritual power. The study of the Scriptures is the soul of theology (see Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum 24)
The Masters in The Bible as Scripture is therefore founded on the phenomenon that is the Bible - a corpus of sacred texts, and privileges literary-narrative and theological approaches. The programme will enable candidates to acquire
•the ability to negotiate biblical texts as literary and linguistic entities
•a hermeneutical and Christological framework that permits the theological import of the Bible to emerge
•an awareness of the potential and power of the Scriptures—their challenge, call, and spirituality.