Introduction to the Bible and Religion

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.

Eriksson, Larsolov & Viberg, Åke (red.), 2021. Gud och det utvalda folket: Inledning till Gamla testamentet. Reviderad utgåva. Stockholm: Verbum. S. 11-187, 211-237 (202 s).

Mitternacht, Dieter & Runesson, Anders (red.), 2006. Jesus och de första kristna: Inledning till Nya testamentet. Stockholm: Verbum. S. 23-385 (362 s).

Partridge, Christopher H. & Dowley, Tim (red.), 2018. A Short Introduction to World Religions. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (376s).

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Literature last revised on April 22, 2022.

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Åke Viberg

Docent, Senior lecturer

Martin Landgren

Doctoral student, priest

Göran Gunner

Teol dr, Senior lecturer, Docent


A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, Fx = Insufficient, F = Insufficient

Examination Format

  • Seminars
  • Take-home examination
  • Written examination

Grundläggande behörighet.

  • Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.
  • Students have the opportunity to take the exam according to the original course syllabus within two years after the course. If there are special reasons, such a re-examination can also take place later. Normally, teaching is not given according to an older syllabus. The possibility of exemption shall be decided by the president or vice president.
  • If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Established by Subject Representative College at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm on December 16, 2014.

Last revised on February 17, 2021.