This unit aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the formation, socio-historical setting and literary forms of the New Testament literature. Whilst studying the various books of the New Testament, students will be introduced to contemporary methods of critical biblical interpretation. The theological issues of these writings will also be explored.

Unit Code: BN8000Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the social, historical and political milieu of the first century CE


Analyse the relationship between New Testament texts and the Old Testament and articulate implicit and explicit intertextual references


Discuss issues associated with the critical attitude towards Judaism in some of these texts


Describe and discuss the formation of these texts as the source documents of the early Christian communities


Use contemporary critical methods of biblical interpretation to prepare an exegetical essay


Use resources, such as commentaries, dictionaries and concordances, for biblical research and communicate their findings in a research essay


Lectures, tutorials, and class discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2000 word exegetical essay

0 35.0

4000 word research essay

0 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-06 11:17:36 +1100