Reading the New Testament (Diploma)

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN0029T (Online) 
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Diploma (AQF5)
Delivery mode: Online only
Prerequisites: None

This unit introduces skills for interpreting the New Testament with a particular focus on the Gospels, Pauline Epistles and Revelation. Students will examine historical, literary and theological dimensions of these New Testament texts, including questions of background, genre, and key theological ideas. Attention will be paid to an overview of the New Testament writings and the diversity of their theologies. Also, to be examined are the ways in which these texts function as Scripture, and their consequent meaning for Christian faith and discipleship.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • outline the major historical, literary and theological issues involved in study of the New Testament
  • describe the range and diversity of theological meanings present in different New Testament texts
  • demonstrate an ability to use critical tools (commentaries, concordance, knowledge of history, genre, bible software) to interpret texts
  • exegete a passage from a New Testament text within the context of its overall theology.
  • Two short quizzes, equivalent to 400 words (20%)
  • 1,000-word exegetical essay (30%)
  • Tutorial report, equivalent to 800 words (20%)
  • Take-home exam, equivalent to 1,000 words (30%)
Recommended Reading:

*set test recommended for purchase

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

*Boring, M. E. An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology, 2012.

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.