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

Describe the background, contents and formation of the Bible 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116724  Describe the background, contents and formation of the Bible 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 an overview of the content and background of the whole of the Bible, and to understand how historical, political and social context influenced and shaped the biblical text.

Learners credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Outline the historical and political background of the whole of the Bible.
  • Describe how this background actively influenced the formation of the text of the books of the Bible.
  • Apply this general learning to particular texts from the Bible. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners are assumed to be competent in Communication at NQF Level 3 and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the Unit Standard where they apply to particular learning outcomes or assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Outline the historical background of the Bible. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    'Historical' should include elements of political, economic and social influences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Major events and turning points through the whole of the biblical period are described and explained in accordance with modern scholarly research. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    From 2000 BCE to 150 CE, in the Mediterranean geographical area.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Links between the historical background and major events are explained with reference to the Bible. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Major events to include: Beginnings of monarchy in Israel, the Division of the Kingdom, the fall of the Northern Kingdom, the start and end of the Exile, the accession to power of the Hamoneans and the destruction of the Second Temple and Jerusalem.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Outline the background and content of the books of the Bible. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Every book in the Bible to be covered, but not necessarily all at the same depth. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Links between the background and the content are made of each book. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways in which context influences and forms text are described and explained through deduction. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the formation of the Bible. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The particular events that influenced the formation of the Bible are sequenced and described in accordance with modern scholarship. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The basic processes of the formation of ancient literature are identified and described through study of biblical texts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Show how 'context' and 'text' are linked in specific texts in the Bible. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    At least 5 examples should be chosen. They should be chosen from texts which are relatively easy to locate in an historical context. Examples of such texts might be Isaiah 6, Jeremiah 31, Matthew 2 and Acts 24. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Links between 'context' and 'text' are identified and described through analysis of particular biblical texts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The interaction between 'context' and 'text' is clearly and simply explained by analysis of texts. 


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

    Moderation Option:
  • The moderation requirements of the appropriate 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 learning outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria.
  • An elementary knowledge of the general contents of the Bible.
  • An ability to sequence historical events and dates, both as 'BCE' and 'CE'. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    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 presentation of collected material in assignments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of inter-related parts of a system: through making links between the content of biblical books and the context in which they were written. 

    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. Further clarification follows:
  • The term 'context' indicates the broad range of circumstances and conditions that precede and surround a particular event.
  • In this Unit Standard the 'events' are the texts of the Bible, both as 'Canon' (the range of books accepted as authoritative) and as specific passages. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49057   Further Education and Training Certificate: Theology and Ministry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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