Introduction to the New Testament (P/G)

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN8000T/BN8009T 
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Foundational
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online 
Prerequisites: None
Prohibited Combinations: Cannot be taken if student has completed BN8000U (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
  • analyse a text and construct an argument for interpretation, in conversation with other interpretations.
  • Quizzes or short assignment, equivalent to 500 words (10%)
  • 2,000-word exegesis paper (30%)
  • Class participation or online weekly discussion forum, equivalent to 1,500 words (20%)
  • Written examination, equivalent to 2,000 words (40%).
Recommended Reading:

*set texts 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.