This unit introduces students to interpreting the New Testament, familiarising them with its historical, social and literary settings, and introducing them to methods of biblical exegesis. Historical-critical approaches are introduced and explained with special attention to the Gospel of Matthew in reference to the other Synoptic Gospels. Literary, socio-cultural and rhetorical approaches are introduced and explained with special attention to the Gospel of John, the Pauline corpus, and Revelation, and reference to other New Testament writings.

Unit Code: BN1301B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify types of literature found in the New Testament including their particular interpretive demands.


Describe how historical and social aspects of the New Testament era interact with New Testament texts


Apply tools of New Testament interpretation: dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries, online resources, primary sources, and others


Discuss the appropriation of Hebrew Bible texts and traditions within the New Testament.


Demonstrate progress in making the transition from text to life, particularly for use in theological, hermeneutical and homiletical application.


Lectures, workshops, group work


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Written Examination

1 hour examination

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

2,000 word exegetical essay

2000 50.0

1000 word workshop paper

1000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-16 11:09:12 +1000