This unit provides an introduction to New Testament history, texts and theology. Beginning with the letters of Paul as the earliest extant Christian literature, and surveying the development of gospel literature as well as other forms of early Christian writing, it considers the rise of the early Christian movement and explores the range of developing theological beliefs that characterised the first two generations of early Christianity. In using the New Testament texts as the main source for investigation, the unit draws attention to the diversity of texts, genres, theologies and perspectives within the New Testament itself, and considers a number of critical historical, literary and theological issues that emerge from the study of New Testament texts.
Describe the historical, cultural, religious, and theological world of the New Testament including an awareness of key figures and dates
Identify the different genres of New Testament literature and the forms of critical analysis appropriate to their interpretation.
Demonstrate an awareness of critical skills and tools for exegesis, including relevant reference tools and resources
Research, write and reference an exegetical essay using primary and secondary resources
Integrate methodological understandings, skills, and theological reflection in the study of a NT passage
Foundational (no pre-requisites)
Face to face and Online; Lectures, Tutorial, Group exercises
*NRSV Study Bible (New Oxford Annotated Bible or Harper Collins Study Bible)
Boring, M. Eugene. An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012.
Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the New Testament ABRL. New York: Doubleday, 1997.
*deSilva, David. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2004.
Klauck, H. J. Ancient Letters and the New Testament: A Guide to Context and Exegesis, Waco, Texas: Baylor, 2006.
Levine, Amy-Jill, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. New York: Harper Collins, 2007.
McDonald, Lee Martin and Stanley E. Porter, eds. Early Christianity and Its Sacred Literature. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2000.
Metzger, B. The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.
Rowland, Christopher. Christian Origins: The Setting and Character of the Most Important Messianic Sect of Judaism. 2nd ed. London: SPCK, 2002.
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 2 Oct, 2018
Unit record last updated: 2021-02-15 17:45:43 +1100