1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
Enrolment not permitted
THEO1201 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic will introduce the fundamentals of New Testament study, including an introduction to contemporary interpretation of the New Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the New Testament writings.

Students will develop skills in the exegesis of biblical texts and explore some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts. A series of incremental themes will be covered during the semester, presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The topic will include the Gospels and Acts, and Pauline Writings, and may include other Christian approaches to the Judaic heritage (Hebrews, James, Revelation) and Issues of canon and authority.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • Further develop students' knowledge of the content, historical and geographical settings, literary forms and the leading theological themes of the New Testament;
  • Induct students into the field of New Testament studies and develop their skills in the critical study of the scriptures.
  • Investigate how we draw significance from New Testament texts for contemporary contexts.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the contribution of the literary forms and the historical, social and cultural contexts of the New Testament in its interpretation.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in selecting and applying various interpretive methodologies.
  • Communicate the acquired knowledge and understanding of New Testament texts, both verbally and in writing.
  • Display research skills appropriate to the field.