This unit will explore theological approaches to parables of the Synoptic Gospels, giving particular attention to the hermeneutical qualities identified in parables, such as brevity and paradox, revelation and concealment, metaphorical images, narrative surprise, sense of momentous event and imperative to response. Exploration of the impact of these interpretive qualities on the use of language in Christian theology forms a complementary focus. Selected examples of theological writing that replicate many hermeneutical effects identified with parables will be used in these explorations.

Unit Code: BN9018S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and critically evaluate diverse theological approaches to the parables of the Synoptic Gospels;


Formulate and apply critical criteria for evaluating parable hermeneutics in contemporary use of language in Christian theology;


Demonstrate a critical awareness of parable uses in diverse theological and literary contexts


Formulate critical criteria for evaluating the function of literary genres in the communication of Christian theology


Exhibit competence in formulating research criteria and methods for engaging New Testament writings and Christian literature

Unit sequence

If taken as a Systematic Theology unit, A foundational unit in Systematic Theology.

If taken as a New Testament unit, A foundational unit in New Testament


lecture/discussion/group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

3000 word essay

0 50.0
Document Study

750 word document study

0 12.0
Document Study

750 word document study

0 13.0
Document Study

750 word document study

0 12.0
Document Study

750 word document study

0 13.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Aug, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-07 12:08:12 +1100