BN8001W/8701W provides the foundational unit in New Testament studies and serves as a pre-requisite for all other BN units. The unit is based on inductive exegetical workshops that introduce a range of exegetical methods, together with readings and lectures on the genres, background and interpretation of the New Testament. The exegetical exercises sample the Synoptic Gospels, Fourth Gospel, Letters of Paul and Revelation, in preparation for a final exegetical essay on a text in Matthew, taking into account any Synoptic parallels and the use of Old Testament traditions.

Unit Code: BN8001W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley 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;


Describe and analyse relevant aspects of the historical and social world of the New Testament era;


Select and 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;


Articulate the relationship of the New Testament to the texts, message and diverse traditions of the Old Testament;


Make progress in making the transition from text to life, particularly in terms of theological, hermeneutical, and homiletical application;


Express understanding of the history of research in New Testament studies and the ability to access and make critical use of library and digital resources in this area.


Exegetical workshops and lectures


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

3000 word exegetical essay

0 40.0

1000 word workshop paper

0 20.0

1000 word workshop paper

0 20.0

1000 word workshop paper

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-06 11:52:48 +1100