How were the New Testament documents heard and interpreted by their earliest historical audiences? How should they be heard and interpreted by communities of faith today? Careful analysis of historical context--political, economic, social, military, cultural, linguistic and visual--leads to awareness of the New Testament as both contextual and living in faith communities today. Participants practise a range of exegetical methods (historical-critical, literary, socio-cultural and rhetorical) and related skills to develop their ability to hear and critically interpret the New Testament.

Unit code: BN1001S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Describe how the New Testament documents were composed, heard and interpreted.


Identify key characteristics of the historical worlds from which the New Testament writings emerged.


Describe the interpretive significance of the New Testament’s use of Old Testament traditions.


Apply a range of exegetical approaches and analytical tools to exegete a selected New Testament text identifying practical implications for today..

Unit sequence

This is a foundational undergraduate unit, requiring no prerequisites.


A selection of lectures, seminars, exegetical workshops, class discussions, set readings, forums.

Indicative Bibliography

Students are expected to have a good study Bible (NRSV, NIV, NKJV).

Bailey, Kenneth E. Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels. London: SPCK, 2008.

Burge, Gary M, Lynn Cohick and Gene L Green. The New Testament in Antiquity. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009.

Cardenal, Ernesto. The Gospel in Solentiname. NY: Orbis, 2010.

DeSilva, David Arthur. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation. Downers Grove: IVP, 2018.

Green, Joel B, ed., Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2013.

Green, Joel B, ed. Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2010.

Green, Joel B, and Lee Martin McDonald, eds. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2013.

Patte, Daniel and Teresa Okure, eds.* Global Bible Commentary*. Nashville: Abingdon, 2004.

Powell, Mark Alan, ed. Methods for Matthew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Schottroff, Luise. The Parables of Jesus. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

Witherington, Ben. Matthew. Macon: Smyth & Helwys, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Blog - Blog post

Blog post reflecting on lectures and set readings.

400 10.0
Document Study - Exegetical Workshop Paper 1 800 20.0
Document Study - Exegetical Workshop Paper 2 800 20.0
Essay - Exegetical Essay 2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-21 12:12:48 +1000