Introduction to the New Testament

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN1000T/9T 
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-Face or Online 
Prerequisites: None
Prohibited Combinations: Cannot be taken if student has completed BN1000U (Introducing the Gospels: Mark) or equivalent
Content: This unit introduces students to the history, culture, literature, and theology of the New Testament. Students will study all four Gospels, the Epistles and Revelation examining issues of genre, source, canonization, and translation. Special attention will be paid to the ways the insights of critical biblical scholarship relate to the understanding of these texts in their original context, as Scripture, and their consequent meaning for Christian faith in the contemporary world.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • describe the historical, cultural, religious, and theological world of the New Testament including an awareness of key figures and dates
  • identify the genre, setting, and themes of particular New Testament books in conversation with the whole
  • demonstrate an awareness of critical skills and tools for exegesis, including relevant reference tools and resources
  • integrate methodological understandings, skills, and theological reflection in the study of a New Testament passage.
  • Quizzes, equivalent to 500 words (10%)
  • 1,000-word exegesis paper (30%)
  • Weekly written synopsis (CB) or weekly discussion forum (OL), equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
  • Written examination, equivalent to 1,500 words (40%)
Recommended Reading:

*set text recommended for purchase

*NRSV Bible or New Oxford Annotated Bible or Harper Collins Study Bible

Aune, D. The New Testament in Its Literary Environment, Philadelphia: Westminster, 1989.

Barrett, C. K. (ed.) The New Testament Background: Writings from Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire That Illuminate Christian Origins, San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1987.

Barton, J. The Nature of Biblical Criticism, Louisville: Westminster, 2007.

Grant, R. M. Augustus to Constantine: The Rise and Triumph of Christianity in the Roman World, Louisville: Westminster, 1990.

*deSilva, David. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2004.

Ehrman, B. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christians Writings, 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Klauck, H. J. Ancient Letters and the New Testament: A Guide to Context and Exegesis, Waco, Texas: Baylor, 2006.

Metzger, B. The Canon of the New Testament: Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.