This unit introduces students to the literature, and theology of the New Testament. Students will study all four Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation examining issues of genre, source and theology. 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. The unit will introduce students to the skills and tools of exegesis.

Unit code: BN1009T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

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


Identify the genre, setting, structures and themes of particular New Testament books in conversation with the whole


Demonstrate an awareness of skills and tools for exegesis of particular passages


Integrate methodological understandings, skills, and theological reflection in the study of a New Testament passage


Lecture material, discussions, tutorials, forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (Common Bible). (recommended for purchase)
  • Aune, D. The New Testament in Its Literary Environment, Philadelphia: Westminster, 1989.
  • deSilva, David. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation, Illinois: Intervarsity Press, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
  • Gorman, Michael J. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.. Rev. ed. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009. eBook
  • Hayes, J.H. & Carl R. Holladay, Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook. 3rd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation. 3rd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  • Moloney, Francis J. Reading the New Testament: A Primer for Pastors, Religious Educators, and Believers. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015.
  • 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: Its Literature and Theology. Eerdmans, 2001.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegesis - Exegesis

Short exegesis on specific passage (500 words)

500 15.0
Exegetical Essay - Exegetical essay

Essay on specific passage (1000 words)

1000 25.0
Written Examination - Take-home Examination

Take-home Examination (1500 words)

1500 40.0
Forum - Forum tutorial discussions

Regular participation in forum or tutorial discussions (equivalent 1000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 7 Dec, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000