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Interpreting the New Testament

This foundational unit introduces students to interpreting the New Testament by familiarising them with its historical, social and literary settings, and introducing them to methods of biblical exegesis. New Testament writings are referenced and literary, socio-cultural and rhetorical approaches are introduced and explained, with special attention to the Gospel of Matthew in reference to the other Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, the Pauline corpus and Revelation.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify types of literature found in the New Testament including their particular interpretive demands.
  • Describe how historical and social aspects of the New Testament era interact with New Testament texts.
  • Apply tools of New Testament interpretation: dictionaries, lexicons, commentaries, online resources, primary sources and others.
  • Discuss the appropriation of Hebrew Bible texts and traditions within the New Testament.
  • Demonstrate progress in making the transition from text to life, particularly for use in theological, hermeneutical and homiletical application.


Reverend Dr Arseny Ermakov taught at Nazarene Colleges in both Europe and Britain and briefly served as a pastor at St Petersburg Church of the Nazarene in Russia. His research interest is in the area of holiness and purity discourse in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity as reflected in the light of new approaches to the study of ancient religions and linguistics. The issues of effective teaching and learning in biblical studies has taken an important place in his thinking and practice.

Mode of Delivery

This unit is delivered online on ARK, the Learning Management System for all our higher education study. Login details for this unit will be accessible to students on confirmation of enrolment into an award or the unit.


To study online, you will need to find around 9 hours per week for readings, activities and assessments for each unit. To learn more visit our Online Campus page.

Unit Costs

This undergraduate unit costs approx. $1,861, which is determined by the University of Divinity and reviewed annually. You could also study this unit as a non-award student (audit) at the cost of $500. Non-credit study is for students who wish to study a unit but not participate in formal assessments. Fees are consistent for domestic and international students. International students are charged a separate application fee of $300 (plus GST) upon enrolment. Students who meet eligibility criteria may be eligible for AUSTUDY and FEE-HELP assistance. 

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