Congratulations on your conditional offer of a place to study Philosophy at Oxford! We are so excited to welcome you to St John’s this autumn, and we have put together this page of resources to help you prepare for the start of your course.
Theology Joint Schools
If you hold an offer for Philosophy and Theology, you can find the Philosophy materials via the link below.
Theology Reading List
Depending on your course (Philosophy & Theology, or Theology & Religion), you will be required to take one or more of the following papers. Reading lists will be provided in due course, but a few sources are listed below to help get you acquainted with general topics in each area.
1101 Introduction to the Study of the Bible
Set texts for this paper will come from Genesis 15-17 and 22; and Luke 9, 15-16 and 22. Further information about this paper may be found here: https://ntatoxford.com/1101-introduction-to-the-bible-prelim/
The Society of Biblical Literature links to a number of additional educational resources here, including open online courses; virtual museum resources; and other online sites for the study of the Bible: https://www.sbl-site.org/educational/onlineTeaching.aspx
1201 The Figure of Jesus through the Centuries
Suggested reading to get started:
- Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture (Yale University Press, 1999)
- The Blackwell Companion to Jesus, edited by Delbert Royce Burkett (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
- The Cambridge Companion to Jesus, edited by Markus Bockmuehl (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
1301 Religion and Religions
Suggested reading to get started:
- Anna Bigelow, Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations (Routledge, 2016)
- Stephen Prothero, God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World (HarperOne, 2011)
- The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion, edited by John Hinnells (Routledge, 2010)
Additionally, depending on your course, you may be taking one of the following language papers. You may want to get a head start on your language study through engaging the following online resources:
- New Testament Greek
- Resources from the Language Centre at Oxford: https://www.lang.ox.ac.uk/ancient-greek#collapse607366
- Greek Bibles, dictionaries, etc.: https://ntatoxford.com/resources/
- Biblical Hebrew
- Church Latin
- Qur’anic Arabic
- Oxford Oriental Institute: https://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/pali
- Oxford Oriental Institute: https://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/sanskrit-0
- Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies: https://ochsonline.org
- Resources from the Language Centre at Oxford: https://www.lang.ox.ac.uk/other-asian-languages#collapse605541
Blogs, Podcasts, and Twitter accounts
Further content to explore from Oxford Theology faculty members includes the following:
Theology & Religion Faculty Blog: https://www.theology.ox.ac.uk/blog
Theology & Religion Faculty Podcast: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/units/faculty-theology-and-religion
Videos from the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion: https://www.ianramseycentre.info/videos
HB & OT at Oxford Twitter Account: @hbot4ox
NT at Oxford Twitter Account: @nt4ox
Study skills for incoming undergraduates
As an Oxford student, you have many great opportunities ahead, but studying here can also be very challenging. To help you prepare for this, we have put together some resources that will help you develop your study skills before you start at Oxford, no matter your subject.
Starting at Oxford
Starting a course at Oxford can be very daunting, but there are many resources out there to help you succeed! Here are some useful guides from across the University that you might want to check out:
- Study skills and training: Here you can find advice on academic good practice including avoiding plagiarism, managing your time, reading, note taking, referencing and revision.
- Student life: It’s not all about academics at Oxford; here you can find out about the range of other opportunities available to you as a student, as well as tips on how to navigate student life with your workload. If you prefer podcasts, much of this information is available in that form here!
- Managing the cost: Undergraduate students Helena, Joe and Dan, have teamed up with the University’s Undergraduate Admissions team to discuss the financial support available to students and how they manage the cost of studying at Oxford.
If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this page, you can get in touch with the following people:
|Contact||Questions they can answer|
|Admissions Office: Sarah Jones||Anything to do with offers, visas, UCAS issues, reading lists and preparatory materials|
|Accommodation Office||Accommodation, what to bring, insurance, electoral roll issues|
|Bursary||All things financial|
|College Office||Practical arrangements, bank letters, etc.|
|Disability enquiries: Elaine Eastgate||Any issues relating to disability or special requirements|