This unit explores the diversity of New Testament spirituality across the Gospels, the Epistles and the Book of Revelation. It examines themes such as faith and prayer in the context of New Testament theology, seeing the points of connection and the differences across the New Testament canon. It explores the possible social and religious contexts out of which different New Testament spiritualities arise. It explores the connection between New Testament spirituality and New Testament theology. It examines the way in which spirituality changes and develops for changing contexts within the New Testament world. In the light of this, the unit explores the implications this might have for the way we read the New Testament as spirituality for today.

Unit Code: DS9400T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Describe and outline the breadth of New Testament spirituality


Appraise the social and religious influences shaping New Testament spirituality


Articulate theories of the relationship between theology and spirituality in the New Testament


Articulate various definitions of Christian spirituality and its relationship to faith, prayer, discipleship and community


Analyse the concerns of contemporary hermeneutics and propose ways of interpreting New Testament spirituality for today


Construct advanced theological arguments

Unit sequence:

30 points at Foundation level


Lectures, seminars, discussions


Description Weight (%)

Essay of 2,500 words on an aspect of New Testament spirituality


Essay of 2,500 words on using the New Testament in contemporary spirituality


Journal equivalent of 1,000 words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 23 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-20 13:05:30 +1000