This unit introduces students to the literature, historical background and theology of the New Testament. Students will learn to use basic tools and approaches for biblical studies, focusing on reading the biblical text as literature, with its historical context in mind and with a goal of discerning its theological message. Key New Testament themes such as new creation will be explored against their Old Testament background. Along the way the unit will challenge the learners to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the New Testament and its place within the biblical canon as well as its role in Christian faith and life. Students will also consider the implications of their learning for Christian ministry contexts.

Unit Code: BS2220L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Biblical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Interpret the theological message of Old Testament texts by reading them as literature and with their historical context in mind


Explain how consideration of the place of New Testament texts within the whole biblical canon affects interpretation of them


Discuss key New Testament themes against their Old Testament background and apply them to ministry contexts

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: BN2002L Bible Introduction 2 BS1003L Exploring the Bible


Lectures, tutorials, student presentations in class


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word appraisal of a Bible study resource such as a DVD

0 20.0

1250 word integrative response to a topic developed from insights produced through a journaling process

0 30.0

1750 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:58:50 +1100