The Authority of Scripture (INT02)

INT02 OEP 2021 poster 300This introductory module examines the processes by which the Scriptures came to be written, from their composition to their compilation, and explores the reasons for there being 66 books in our Bible, with an emphasis on their authoritative role in our lives.

This is one of our Introductory Modules forming part of our Applied Biblical Studies course. Students working towards a British Bible School award will receive 5 Module Credits upon completion of all given assignments.

The Module will be offered as part of our Online Extension Programme for 12 weeks commencing 5th January 2021. To register for this Module, please complete this Module Registration Form.

Module details

  • Classes will be held each Tuesday evening on the Zoom video conferencing platform
  • Classes will run from 7.30 to 9.30pm with a short break for half time
  • The cost of the Module is £30 (waived for Friends of the British Bible School)
  • The class size will be limited to twelve students

Module content

  • Whilst the authority of Scripture is under attack from many angles, this module addresses key areas in which the servant of God needs to be prepared to defend the authority of Scripture.
  • The concept of ‘inspiration’ will be explored, looking closely at key sections of Scripture and the implications of its divine origin.
  • The history of the canonisation of Scripture will be examined and the relevance of various lines of evidence considered.
  • The relevance of ‘apocryphal,’ pseudepigraphical and certain other religious literature will be explored.
  • Practical implications of Scripture’s authority will be considered in light of everyday living.

Module outline

Unit 1 – God has spoken (the doctrine of revelation)
Unit 2 – The Spirit moves (the process and concept of ‘inspiration’)
Unit 3 – Keeping the books (the concept and development of canonicity)
Unit 4 – The disputed writings (what about all those other books?)
Unit 5 – The Word of God (implications of divine revelation for unity and life)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will:

  • be familiar with key terms and their meanings in relation to this subject
  • have developed an understanding of various theories as to how God revealed Scripture
  • understand the essential processes of determining the authenticity of Scripture
  • have learned about key events that have shaped the Bible as we have it today
  • have been introduced to some other major works of religious literature
  • understand what it means for Scripture to have authority
  • have an understanding of the practical implications of the divine origin of Scripture.

For more details, please see the Module syllabus available here.