This unit investigates the meanings attributed to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in a variety of texts from the early Christian movement. Consideration will be given to the development of Christian understandings of atonement, the nature of early claims about the resurrection of Jesus and the relationship between cross and resurrection in Pauline texts, the Gospels, and a number of non-canonical early Christian texts (including texts from Nag Hammadi and the Apostolic Fathers). The centrality of early claims about the death and resurrection of Jesus in relation to the development of Christian theology, community and ethics will be explored.

Unit Code: BN9049P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critically analyse the main features of the understanding of the death and resurrection of Jesus in a number of early Christian texts.


Discuss the historical, sociological, literary and theological factors that contributed to the development and diversity of early Christian understandings of the death and resurrection of Jesus.


Articulate, through detailed exegesis, the way that one early Christian text treats the death and resurrection of Jesus and its ecclesial, missional, or ethical implications.


Compare significant scholarly debates over the meaning of the death of Christ and/or the nature of the resurrection in early Christianity.


Develop a seminar presentation based on independent research on a topic related to the unit content.

Unit sequence

15 points in New Testament Study


Lectures, tutorials, engagement with online learning materials, tasks and tutorial discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

6000 word essay on a topic to be agreed with lecturer, including a non-assessed classroom presentation with structured feedback.

0 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-08 08:50:25 +1100