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Introduction to the New Testament

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Course Summary

This course unit introduces students to the critical study of the New Testament, its literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes. It provides a solid foundation for further biblical and theological study and forms part of a Specialisation in the Discipline of Biblical Studies.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Analyse the major narratives, themes and structures of the books of the New Testament

  2. Assess the significance of the main historical, social and cultural factors that provided the context of the composition of the New Testament

  3. Integrate significant secondary literature into a formal critical essay on the text of the New Testament

  4. Utilise skills of historical-critical exegesis in the interpretation of New Testament texts

  5. Apply insights from their study to Christian life and ministry within a range of contexts.


Course Content

  1. Contents of the New Testament

  2. Historical, cultural, political and religious contexts of the New Testament materials

  3. The literary nature of the New Testament

  4. Key methodologies and approaches to Biblical interpretation and critical issues

  5. Developing skills in exegesis and writing an exegetical essay

  6. Identification and analysis of key New Testament themes

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