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BN1301B Interpreting the New Testament

  • Unit Code & NameBN1301B Interpreting the New Testament
  • Description

    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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46010
  • LevelUndergraduate Level 1
  • Semester2. Semester 1, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    21 February to 27 May 2022

    This unit offers twelve weekly optional online workshops. Sessions will normally take place every Thursday night, 7.30 - 8.30 pm (AEST), with some exceptions.

    We recommend that you allocate 9 hours a week for all study activities.


  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • Prerequisites


  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, workshops, group work

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    1 x 1,000 words of original online forum discussion on weekly workshop papers - 25%

    1 x 1,000 word workshop paper - 25%

    1 x 2,000 word exegetical essay - 50%


  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

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

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

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

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

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

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