This unit serves as an introduction to an understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit as expressed in the New Testament. Students will examine selected passages in the New Testament in their first-century context and in light of their Old Testament background. Students will specifically identify and examine the roles of the Spirit as taught by Jesus and Paul in John’s Gospel, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Galatians, as well as the Spirit’s empowering work in Acts. The themes to be surveyed include the gifts of the Spirit, the Spirit-led familial relationship with God, the Spirit-inspired mission, the Spirit of truth, and the Paraclete. Students will also discuss the implications of the work of the Spirit for the life and mission of the church today.

Unit code: BN0120W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Understand the social-historical context of the relevant New Testament texts on the Holy Spirit


Understand and interpret selected passages in John’s Gospel, Acts, and Paul’s letters


Articulate key aspects of the work of the Spirit in the church communities in the New Testament


Identify and articulate the implications of the work of the Spirit for the church today

Unit sequence

No pre-requisite units



Class discussion and/or online tutorial forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Burke, Trevor and Keith Warrington, eds. A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014.
  • Byrne, Brendan J.Galatians and Romans. Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • Coloe, Mary L.Dwelling in the Household of God: Johannine Ecclesiology and Spirituality. Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press, 1989.
  • Fee, Gordon D. Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1996.
  • Green, Gene L., Stephen T. Pardue, and K. K. Yeo, eds. The Spirit over the Earth Pneumatology in the Majority World. Carlisle, Cumbria: Langham Partnership, 2016.
  • Keener, Craig. The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2010.
  • Lim, Johnson T. K., ed. Holy Spirit. Singapore: Word and Works, 2018.
  • Reece, Laura. I Live, No Longer I: Paul’s Spirituality of Suffering, Transformation, and Joy. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017.
  • Thiselton, Anthony C. The Holy Spirit: In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013.
  • Wright, Christopher J. H. Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament. Oxford, UK: Monarch, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Short answer tests

Multiple Choice Quizzes

500 15.0
Short Answer Tests

Short answer tests

Multiple Choice Quizzes

500 15.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper/seminar paper

1000 35.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay

1000 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 13 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000