The unit is based on inductive exegetical workshops that introduce a range of exegetical methods, together with readings and lectures on the genres, background and interpretation of the New Testament. The exegetical exercises sample the Synoptic Gospels, Fourth Gospel, Letters of Paul, and Revelation, in preparation for a final exegetical essay on a text in Matthew, taking into account any Synoptic parallels. Students who qualify to take the unit at second level will be expected to explore hermeneutics and exegetical methods more thoroughly, and in particular the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.

Unit Code: BN2001W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the contents of the New Testament: the types of literature, their particular interpretive demands, their place in the development of the canon, their theological outlook


describe relevant aspects of the historical and social world of the New Testament era;


Select and use appropriate interpretive approaches to the New Testament in the writing of an exegetical essay;


Access and use the tools of New Testament interpretation: lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries, primate sources, on-line resources, and others


Make progress in making the transition from text to life, particularly in terms of theological reflection;


Articulate the relationship of the New Testament to the texts and message of the Old Testament and its traditions

Unit sequence

BN2/2701 may be taken by those with Diploma level NT, NT Survey, or NT Backgrounds.


Exegetical workshops and lectures


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word workshop paper

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

2500 word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Two 1000 word workshop paper

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 17 Oct, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-18 14:14:25 +1100