This unit is an introduction to the diverse writings of the New Testament. Students will become familiar with the content and themes of the New Testament by reading it in its entirety. Moreover, they will engage with the texts in their original historical, literary, social, religious and theological contexts. The unit introduces issues in interpretation, including literary genre, the relationship between form and function, and methods of study. It further introduces the formation of the New Testament canon and the textual history of the New Testament.

Unit code: BN1002L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and discuss major themes in New Testament writings


Demonstrate familiarity with the textual, cultural, historical, literary, religious and theological features of New Testament writings


Articulate an understanding of the processes that led to the formation of the New Testament canon


Demonstrate the ability to analyse New Testament writings using primary and secondary resources, and to communicate that analysis in structured writing

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses

Prohibited combinations: BS1002L The Bible Today B


This unit uses teaching strategies (eg mini-lectures, targeted assessment exercises [quizzes], and class discussion) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Achtemeier, Paul J., Joel B. Green, and Marianne Meye Thompson. Introducing the New Testament: its literature and theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • Brown, Raymond E. An introduction to the New Testament. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1997.
  • Evans, Craig A., and Stanley E. Porter, eds. Dictionary of New Testament background. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000.
  • Freedman, David Noel, ed. The Anchor Bible dictionary. 6 vols. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1995.
  • Metzger, Bruce M., and Bart D. Ehrman. The text of the New Testament: its transmission, corruption, and restoration. 4th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Powell, Mark Allan. Introducing the New Testament: a historical, literary, and theological survey. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2018.


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

Weekly quizzes

1000 25.0

The Gospels

1000 25.0

New Testament Letters

1000 25.0

The book of Revelation

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000