This unit will examine life in early Christian churches, seeking to explore diverse understandings of Jesus and challenges that confronted both apostles and churches. Careful exegesis of significant passages from Epistles and Revelation will be a key component in exploring theologies and practices of early Christian churches. The study of possible historical and social contexts will provide an important focus of the unit.

Unit Code: BN2794B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate plausible life settings for communities involved in the production and reception of New Testament texts


Discuss several struggles and challenges that early believers faced.


Evaluate strategies of selected leaders to address, strengthen and encourage the faithful


Assess the relevance of early church traditions for contemporary life.


Employ effectively various tools of Biblical criticism in the exegesis of specific texts in the Epistles/Revelation

Unit sequence

15 points in BN


Lectures, group work, online forums, videos


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

1,000 word online presentation

0 20.0

1,500 word workshop paper

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

2,000 word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-28 10:54:37 +1100