Unit Code & NameBN8701B 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.
Learning ActivitiesLectures, seminars, group work, online forums, videos
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
Assessments1,000 words of original online forum discussion on weekly workshop papers - 20%
2 x 1,000 word workshop papers - 30%
1 x 3,000 word Exegetical essay - 50%
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. Outline key developments in the history of New Testament Studies
3. Assess how historical and social aspects of the New Testament era interact with New Testament texts.
4. Critically apply tools of New Testament interpretation: dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries, online resources, primary sources, and others.
5. Examine the appropriation of Hebrew Bible texts and traditions within the New Testament.
6. Demonstrate progress in making the transition from text to life, particularly for use in theological, hermeneutical and homiletical application.
Text BooksTexts to be purchased:
Hayes, John H., and Carl R Holladay. Biblical exegesis: A beginner?s handbook. 3rd edition. Atlanta: John Knox, 2007.
Johnson, Luke T. The Writings of the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2010.