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.
Identify the different genres of New Testament literature and the forms of critical analysis appropriate to their interpretation.
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the New Testament texts, the historical development of early Christianity and emerging theological convictions within the Christian movement.
Write a critical historical analysis of one episode in early Christian history, demonstrating an awareness of scholarly debate and identifying strengths and weaknesses in scholarly argument.
Write a critical exegetical study of one early Christian text, exploring the historical, literary and theological issues raised by the text demonstrating an awareness of scholarly debate and identifying strengths and weaknesses in scholarly argument.
Engagement with online learning materials, tasks, and tutorial discussion
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Exegetical paper (2500 words)
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Online Tutorial Contributions and Summary Blog Post (1000 words)
Essay (2500 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014
Unit record last updated: 2020-11-04 14:10:44 +1100