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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Explain how the Bible was written and how that affects its 'authority' 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115954  Explain how the Bible was written and how that affects its 'authority' 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Christian Theology and Ministry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Religious and Ethical Foundations of Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-07  2010-08-07  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-08-07   2014-08-07  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will be useful to learners who wish to gain insight into the broad process by which the Bible came to be written and more specific knowledge of the compilation and formation of selected Biblical books.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Show how, in general, texts emerge from historical and political contexts
  • Show how selected Biblical texts grew within historical and political contexts
  • Show how the whole of the Bible (the canon) came to be formed
  • Describe how this affects and relates to the 'authority' of the Bible 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners are assumed to have competence in Mathematical Literacy and Communication at Level 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context apply to the whole Unit Standard:
  • To include an overview of the process whereby the whole of the Bible was written
  • To include more detailed information about how selected Biblical books were written
  • To include a description of how the canon of Scripture was formed
  • To link the historical formation of the Bible with understandings of its 'authority' 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Show how texts emerge from specific historical and political contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Texts are selected that cover Biblical in consultation with colleagues and learners. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A maximum of four texts is chosen.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The conditions prevailing during the time the texts were written are described with reference to the prescribed texts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Elements of the texts are identified and listed to show how they were affected by the prevailing conditions and events. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Elements of the texts are identified and listed to show how they influenced prevailing and subsequent conditions and events. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Show how selected Biblical books reflected their historical and political contexts. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    At least 5 books in the Old Testament and 5 in the New Testament. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Selected Biblical books are placed on a time line in order to contextualise their content. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Links are made between content and context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The value of the books is applied to contemporary society to determine whether they are still relevant today. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Show how the canon of the Bible emerged from historical and political contexts. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    From 2000 BCE to 300 CE. All canonical books of the Bible to be included, bearing in mind the range of traditional Christian understandings of which Biblical books are 'canonical', i.e. are considered to be authoritative. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    As many as possible of the Biblical books are placed on a time line as representative of the main events and thinking that shaped society. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Links are made between content and context of the books in order to determine their significance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The meaning and significance of 'canon' for the Christian Church is explained and discussed in order to assist the learner to evaluate the selected books. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The canonical books are identified and listed with the help of the established criteria. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Reasons are given for the differences in Christian traditions regarding what is 'canonical'. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the relationship between the formation of the Bible and the 'authority' of Scripture. 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe the relationship between the formation of the Bible and the Christian Church's understandings. of the 'authority' of Scripture. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A range of notions of 'authority' and 'inspiration' is described, as used by traditions within the Christian Church. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Links are made between 'authority' and the formation of the Bible within an historical and political context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relevance of the 'authority' of the Bible is discussed in relation to the authority of texts in contemporary society. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this Unit Standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the Unit Standard.
  • Links and interactions between texts and contexts
  • Knowledge of the historical and political backgrounds of selected Biblical books
  • Overview of the process of the formation of the whole of the Bible
  • Knowledge of various Christian views regarding the 'authority' of the Bible 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made: through showing how an historical-based set of books (the Bible) can still be regarded as 'authoritative'. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively: through demonstrating study skills and organising study plans. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information: through the collection and arrangement of information relating to Old and New Testament texts. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills: through the use of a time line and maps, and presenting information in written assignments. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of Terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. 'BCE' means 'Before the Christian Era'. 'CE' means the 'Christian Era'. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48891   National Certificate: Theology and Ministry  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


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