Building upon the foundations of the narrative of the Old Testament, this unit examines the New Testament texts and traditions describing the continued work of the Creator to redeem the creation and people of God in the ministry, life, death and resurrection of Jesus, as recorded and lived out in the earliest communities of followers.

Unit code: BN8002W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the complex religious, social and historical circumstances in which Jesus and the early church lived and ministered.


Apply a method for interpreting the different types of New Testament literature.


Apply New Testament teachings to our lives in culturally appropriate ways


Use the tools for biblical interpretation: dictionaries, commentaries, journals, monographs, along with primary sources.


Identify contemporary applications of NT texts by noting similarities and differences between ancient contexts and various contemporary contexts, including but not limited to Indigenous contexts.


Adapt these skills and cultural insights to further studies of the New Testament


Face to Face: lectures, discussion groups Online: following the intensive, weekly online quizzes and interaction for the duration of the semester

Indicative Bibliography

  • Mark Allan Powell, Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary and Theological Survey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009. (Includes extra material online: (recommended for purchase)
  • J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays, Journey into God’s Word. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008 (recommended for purchase)
  • Carter, Warren, Seven Events that Shaped the New Testament World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.
  • Croy, N Clayton, Prima Scriptura: An Introduction To New Testament Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • Sugirtharajah, Rasiah S, The Bible and the Third World: Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial Encounters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Musa W. Dube Shomanah, Andrew Mũtũa Mbuvi, and Dora R. Mbuwayesango (eds), Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations. Global Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship, Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

1,250 word Interpretive Journey paper (epistle)

0 40.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Cultural Engagement Project (2500 words)

0 40.0

1,250 Interpretive Journey paper (narrative)

0 20.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests

Reading comprehension quizzes (1000 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 16:18:59 +1100