This unit will examine the role of the Holy Spirit in the life and mission of the early church in the Greco-Roman world. The students will study key passages in the New Testament, especially John’s Gospel, Acts and Paul’s letters concerning the work of the Spirit in the Christian communities. Special attention will be given to the Spirit-Paraclete in the Johannine Farewell, the Spirit-orchestrated trans-ethnic Jesus-communities in Acts, and the Spirit-empowered body of Christ in Pauline literature. The unit will investigate the function and the power of the Spirit in the ongoing transformation of individual Christ-followers, as well as the identity-formation and the mission of the multi-ethnic ekklēsiai in the Roman Empire.

Unit Code: BN9011W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, especially in John’s Gospel, Acts, and the Pauline corpus.


Demonstrate the ability to conduct critical analysis of the key New Testament texts on the Holy Spirit within their own rhetorical and socio-historical contexts


Identify and articulate the work of the Spirit regarding the formation of early Christian communities in the New Testament, as well as the identity and transformation of Jesus-followers in the Greco-Roman world.


Reflect critically on the contribution of the NT literature to understanding the work of the Spirit in the life and mission of the church today.


Critically evaluate recent New Testament scholarship regarding the role of the Spirit


lectures, discussion, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

1,000-word thematic tutorial paper

0 20.0
Exegetical Essay

2,500-word exegetical essay

0 40.0

2,500-word thematic essay

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-07 10:22:31 +1100