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: CT3018S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

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 engaging and interpreting New Testament writings and Christian literature

Unit sequence

If taken as a New Testament unit, 45 points in Biblical Studies If taken as a Systematic Theology unit, 45 points in Systematic Theology (Level 3); one foundational unit in Systematic Theology for postgraduates.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

500 word document study

0 12.0
Document Study

500 word document study

0 13.0
Document Study

500 word document study

0 12.0
Document Study

500 word document study

0 13.0

Two 1300 word essays or one 2,500 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 10 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-12 11:13:59 +1000