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BN1301B Interpreting the New Testament

  • Unit Code & NameBN1301B Interpreting the New Testament
  • DescriptionThis 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.
  • FieldB - Biblical Studies
  • DisciplineBN - New Testament
  • Unit Points18
  • LevelUndergraduate Level 1
  • Semester2, 2020
  • Delivery ModeClass
  • DateClasses will be held weekly on Mondays 9.30am to 12.30pm
    Campus | 100 Maidstone St, Ringwood
  • Lecturer(s) Major David Janssen
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, 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.
  • Assessments2 x 500 word workshop papers - 25%
    1 x 2,000 word exegetical essay - 50%
    1 x 1 hour examination - 25%
  • Learning OutcomesUpon 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.