This unit introduces students to the literature and theology of the New Testament. Students will study all four Gospels and Acts, the Epistles and Revelation within a broad perspective, examining issues of genre, source, ancient worldview and theology. Special attention will be paid to the ways the insights of critical biblical scholarship relate to the theological understanding of these texts in their original context. Skills and tools for exegesis will be introduced and developed throughout the unit. Attention will also be paid to issues of canonicity and New Testament manuscripts.

Unit code: BN8009T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Describe the historical, cultural, religious and theological world of the New Testament.


Identify the genre, setting and theological themes of particular New Testament books in conversation with the whole


Demonstrate an awareness of critical skills and tools for exegesis, including relevant reference tools and resources


Integrate methodological understandings, skills and theological reflection in the study of a New Testament passage


Analyse a text and construct an argument for interpretation, in conversation with other interpretations.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Achtemeier, Paul J., Joel B. Green, Marianne Meye Thompson. * Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature & Theology.* Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • Carter, Warren & Amy-Jill Levine. * The New Testament: Methods & Meanings.* Nashville: Abingdon, 2013.
  • Gorman, Michael J. * Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.* Rev. ed. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009. eBook
  • Hayes, J.H. & Carl R. Holladay. * Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook.* 3rd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
  • Johnson, Luke T. * The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation.*. 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  • Moloney, Francis J. * Reading the New Testament: A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators, and Believers.* Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.
  • Rowland, Christopher. Christian Origins. 2nd ed, London: SPCK, 2002.
  • deSilva, David. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
  • Klauck, H. J. Ancient Letters and the New Testament: A Guide to Context and Exegesis, Waco, Texas: Baylor, 2006.
  • Metzger, B. The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegesis - Exegesis

Short exegesis paper (750 words)

750 15.0
Exegetical Essay - Exegetical essay

Exegesis paper (1500 words)

1500 25.0
Written Examination - Take-home Examination

Take-home Examination (2500 words)

2500 40.0
Forum - Forum, tutorial discussion

class participation in forum and tutorial discussions

1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 7 Dec, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000