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: BN8609A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Other Assessment Task – Quizzes 1000 word equiv

1000 15.0

Written Assessment Task – Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam/Essay 2 hours

0 35.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-23 15:36:00 +1100