The New Testament is our primary source of Christian testimony to the good news of Jesus Christ. As Christian Scripture, this testimony represents the goal of anticipation in Old Testament tradition. The New Testament writings are crucial for Christian discipleship, testimony and theology expressed in grace and truth within our time. For this reason, interpreting the New Testament is a vital challenge that will encourage faith as it stimulates engagement with the surprise, delight and power of New Testament writings.

Unit code: BN1001S (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the contents of the New Testament: the types of literature, their particular interpretive demands, their place in the development of the canon, their theological outlook


Demonstrate an awareness of the historical and social world of the New Testament era


Use appropriate interpretive approaches to the New Testament in the writing of an exegetical essay


Access and use the tools of New Testament interpretation: lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, primary sources, on-line resources, and others


Demonstrate an appreciation of the relationship of the New Testament to the texts and message of the Old Testament


Lecture and interaction

Indicative Bibliography

  • David E. Aune, The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament, West Sussex: Blackwell, 2010.
  • Bockmuehl, M. Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006.
  • Gary M. Burge, Lynn H. Cohick & Gene L. Green, The New Testament in Antiquity, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009. (recommended for purchase)
  • Childs, BS Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments: Theological Reflection on the Christian Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1992.
  • Coggins, RJ and Houlden, JL. eds. A dictionary of biblical interpretation. London: SCM Press, 1990.
  • Cousar, CB. An Introduction to the New Testament: Witnesses to God’s New Work. Louisville & London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006. (recommended for purchase)
  • Elwell, W & Yarbrough R Encountering the New Testament (2nd edn, with CDs). Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.
  • Green, JB (ed.) Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for interpretation. Grand Rapids, MI/Carlyle, UK: Eerdmans/Paternoster, 1995.
  • Johnson, LT. The writings of the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999.
  • Andreas J. Kostenberger & Richard D. Patterson, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation: Exploring the Hermeneutical Triad of History, Literature and Theology, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011.
  • Smith, DE (ed.). Chalice Introduction to the New Testament. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2000 word essay

0 50.0
Book Review

1000 reading review

0 25.0

500 word document study

0 13.0

500 word document study

0 12.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit record last updated: 2020-11-09 13:01:35 +1100