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.

Unit code: BN1000T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


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


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • NRSV Bible or New Oxford Annotated Bible or Harper Collins Study Bible (recommended for purchase)
  • 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. (recommended for purchase)
  • 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.
  • Thompson, M., J. Green & P. Achtemeier, Introducing the New Testament: It’s Literature and Theology. Eerdmans, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quiz (equivalent 250 words)

0 5.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Quiz (equivalent 250 words)

0 5.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical Essay (1000 words)

0 30.0
Written Examination

Written Examination (1500 words)w

0 40.0

Forum (equivalent 1000 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:45 +1100