This unit considers a selection of texts from the New Testament in relation to the development of early Christian moral conviction and practice. We will explore the main contours, principles and themes of the diverse ethical material in the New Testament, set these in the context of the wider Jewish and Graeco-Roman environments and consider the exegetical and hermeneutical issues involved in using New Testament texts appropriately in contemporary ethical reflection.

Unit Code: DT3609P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an in-depth, coherent knowledge and understanding of ethical teaching in the New Testament, with special attention to its theological basis and contextual location.


Use advanced exegetical skills in the analysis of New Testament texts in relation to early Christian moral conviction and practice.


Critically assess scholarly attempts to use the New Testament as the basis for contemporary ethical reflection and decision making.


Formulate and present their own interpretation of the place of New Testament texts in ethical reflection and practice.

Unit sequence

A unit in New Testament at Level 1 or Level 2


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

4000 word essay exploring the New Testament in relation to a specific ethical issue.

4000 80.0

Engagement in online tutorial forums with summary reflection paper (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 13:47:26 +1000