This unit investigates the meanings attributed to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in a variety of texts from the early Christian movement. Consideration will be given to the development of Christian understandings of atonement, the nature of early claims about the resurrection of Jesus, and the relationship between cross and resurrection in Pauline texts, the Gospels, and a number of non-canonical early Christian texts (including texts from Nag Hammadi and the Apostolic Fathers). The centrality of early claims about the death and resurrection of Jesus in relation to the development of Christian theology, community, and ethics will be explored.

Unit Code: BN2040P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the main features of the understanding of the death and resurrection of Jesus in a number of early Christian texts


Identify the historical, sociological, literary, and theological factors that contributed to the development and diversity of early Christian understandings of the death and resurrection of Jesus


Articulate, through detailed exegesis, the way that one early Christian text treats the death and resurrection of Jesus and its ecclesial, missional, or ethical implications

Unit sequence

15 points in New Testament Study


Lectures, tutorials, engagement with online learning materials, tasks and tutorial discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay on a New Testament text (2500 words)


Preparation of Liturgical Materials for either Good Friday or the Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday informed by the theology of one New Testament writer (2500 words)

0 60.0

Essay on a non-canonical early Christian text (2000 words)

0 40.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-20 09:58:14 +1100