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DR252F: THE BIBLE IN ART, LITERATURE AND MUSIC (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

The aim of this course is to facilitate a rediscovery of the generative influence of the sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity in the arts. The stories, characters, visions, prophecies, imagery, and sayings of these texts have stimulated the imagination for millennia. Indeed, the appropriation and reconfiguration of biblical and para-biblical material in art forms such as literature, music, visual art, and film is so pervasive that such influence has become commonplace to the point of being undiscernible. But this course will open new vistas on the Bible in the arts.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr J Thomas Hewitt

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course investigates the cultural influence of various ancient sacred texts of Judaism and Christianity. These texts include the writings found in the Tanakh (or Old Testament), the New Testament, and other related literature not found in Jewish and Christian canons (“para-biblical” texts). Specifically, this course explores the ways in which biblical and para-biblical narratives, characters, visions, prophecies, imagery, and sayings have been integrated into art forms such as literature, music, visual art, and film. Further, this course interrogates how, on the one hand, discerning such appropriation might shape one’s experience of an artefact, and, on the other hand, how this appropriation might refract one’s understanding of certain biblical and para-biblical material.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 35, 39 - 40

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Poster Presentation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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5-10 minutes long presentation. Written feedback provided.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will be able to distinguish between the nature of biblical and para-biblical material in its original literary and historical contexts and its reconfigurations.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to illustrate the generative influence of biblical and para-biblical material in various artefacts.
FactualRememberStudents will be able to identify biblical and para-biblical material that has significantly influenced the arts.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will be able to reflect on how biblical and para-biblical material serves artists purposes.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 35 Feedback Weeks 38

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Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will be able to distinguish between the nature of biblical and para-biblical material in its original literary and historical contexts and its reconfigurations.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to illustrate the generative influence of biblical and para-biblical material in various artefacts.
FactualRememberStudents will be able to identify biblical and para-biblical material that has significantly influenced the arts.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will be able to reflect on how biblical and para-biblical material serves artists purposes.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate the relation between art and popular understanding of biblical and para-biblical material.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Written feedback.

Word Count 1000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will be able to distinguish between the nature of biblical and para-biblical material in its original literary and historical contexts and its reconfigurations.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to illustrate the generative influence of biblical and para-biblical material in various artefacts.
FactualRememberStudents will be able to identify biblical and para-biblical material that has significantly influenced the arts.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Written feedback will be provided.

Word Count 3000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberStudents will be able to identify biblical and para-biblical material that has significantly influenced the arts.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to illustrate the generative influence of biblical and para-biblical material in various artefacts.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will be able to distinguish between the nature of biblical and para-biblical material in its original literary and historical contexts and its reconfigurations.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will be able to reflect on how biblical and para-biblical material serves artists purposes.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will be able to evaluate the relation between art and popular understanding of biblical and para-biblical material.

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