Reading the Bible: a toolkit for understanding

Back to all

Reading the Bible: a toolkit for understanding

The Bible is an old, old book and remains one of the most influential books in human history. Through reading it, millions over centuries have explored questions about our existence and our relationship with God. Many of us may also struggle to understand these ancient texts as we read them with modern eyes.

Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for a while or still have one sitting at home waiting to be opened, this course offers you an introduction to some of the basic skills necessary for reading the bible. This includes interpreting English texts from the Bible as well as an appreciation of the Bible’s storyline, basic exegesis, and an awareness of the many research tools out there that can help you read and understand the ‘Good Book’.

This course covers the following nationally recognised Unit of Competency: CHTTHE502 Utilise the analysis of theological data, taught through St Mark’s RTO (#88072). It is also the first unit in our Diploma of Christian Ministry & Theology 10434NAT. On completing this course and all assessment tasks, you will be awarded a Statement of Attainment and credit towards this diploma.


Download flyer
Rev'd Anna Boxwell

About The Trainer

Rev'd Anna Boxwell

Anna is the course developer, coordinator, and primary trainer of St Mark’s Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology (NAT10434), and the primary trainer for this unit.

Anna loves seeing followers of Jesus grow in God’s love and freedom. She has chaired the Canberra Women’s Christian Convention since 2014 — an annual event that brings together over 500 Christian women in Canberra across a wide spectrum of Christian traditions. Her ministry experience spans 12 years in a variety of contexts, and she is a St Mark’s and Moore College alumnae.

Together with her husband Steve, Anna pastors Renew Anglican Church in south Canberra, which they started together with a team in 2017. They also have three young children, a boisterous Old English Sheepdog (yes, like the Dulux dog), and have wholeheartedly joined the worldwide isolation sourdough-making craze.

This course focuses on the skills needed to read and interpret English texts from the Bible, and conduct basic exegesis using research tools. The course involves self-paced online training over five weeks, with an assessment task due each week from Week 2.

The course covers the following nationally recognised VET Unit of Competency:

  • CHTTHE502 Utilise the analysis of theological data

Those who successfully complete the course and all assessment tasks will be eligible for a statement of attainment for this unit of competency.

Assessment for this course involves four short, practical written tasks due weekly from Week 2. If you wish to receive a Statement of Attainment for the Unit of Competency covered in the course, you must complete the assessment tasks.

The course is self-paced, taught through online training videos and short readings, followed by accompanying assessment tasks. In addition, there will be opportunity to interact with a trainer online during the course.

The course normally takes approximately 5 weeks to complete all components, starting from Monday 1 June 2020

Last day of application

Friday 5 June 2020

The cost of the course is $250.

If English is not your first language, you may need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) indicator test prior to enrolment.

You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.

Completing this course will qualify a person for a Statement of Attainment in the nationally recognised Unit of Competency CHTTHE502 Utilise the analysis of theological data

This Unit of Competency is the first unit from our Diploma of Christian Ministry & Theology (10743NAT). Completion of this Unit of Competency can be credited towards this Diploma.

Keep in touch with our eNews