This unit provides a general introduction to the New Testament. It introduces students to the literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes of the New Testament. Students will examine first century history (in and around the land of the New Testament), contemporary critical methodologies and the shaping of the New Testament canon. Students will study an overview of all books of the New Testament.

Unit code: BN8600A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the contents of the New Testament


Explain the socio-historical setting and literary forms of the New Testament literature


Investigate contemporary methods of critical biblical interpretation and tools for exegesis


Apply exegetical methodology to a selected passage from the New Testament.


Analyse the historical, cultural and religious contexts which influenced the formation of the New Testament


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

Indicative Bibliography

  • Beale, G. K. and D. A. Carson, eds., Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. G.R.: Baker, 2007.
  • Blomberg, Craig L. A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.
  • Blomberg, Richard L. New Testament History. Leicester: Apollos, 1997.
  • Bock, D. L. and B. M. Fanning, Interpreting the New Testament Text. Wheaton: Crossway,2006.
  • Brown, Robert K. and Comfort, Philip W., Editor: Douglas, J.D. The New Greek English Interlinear New Testament Translation. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1990.
  • Burge, G. M., L. H. Cohick, and G. L. Green. The New Testament in Antiquity. G.R.: Zondervan, 2008.
  • Drane, J. Introducing the New Testament. Oxford: Lion, 2010. (recommended for purchase)
  • Elwell, W. A. and Yarbrough, R. W. Encountering the New Testament and Readings from the First-Century World [with CD-ROM]. G.R.: Baker, 2005.
  • Evans, C. A. Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2005.
  • Holladay, Carl R. A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.
  • Marshall, I. Howard. A Concise New Testament Theology. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2008.
  • Metzger, B. The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam/Essay 2 hours

0 35.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Other Assessment Task – Quizzes 1000 word equiv

1000 15.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000