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: DT9600P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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.


Undertake independent research in primary and secondary resources concerning the use of the New Testament in relation to a specific ethical issue.

Unit sequence

One Foundational Unit in New Testament


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

6000 word assignment exploring the New Testament in relation to a specific ethical issue A draft of the main argument for the essay will be presented to the lecturer and classroom/online peers for structured feedback.

6000 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 15:56:03 +1000