Advanced Studies in the New Testament

10 Units

This course provides the opportunity for students to study the background and literature of the Christian Scriptures, commonly referred to as the New Testament, at an advanced level. The course utilises the tools of Biblical scholarship to study in detail the four Gospels and letters of Paul, with some reference to other texts within the Christian canon.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Seminar - Broken Bay Institute)
Semester 1 - 2014 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)

Upon completion of this course students will be expected to: 1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the historical, cultural and religious background of the Christian Scriptures. 2. Provide a narrative outline of the four Gospels and identify the situation and concerns of the communities whose lives they reflect. 3. Critically analyse Paul’s contribution to the early Church and the context of his letters with special attention to 1 Corinthians. 4. Apply a critical exegetical method to selected passages from the Synoptic Gospels or the Letters of St Paul at an advanced level. 5. Appreciate the New Testament as a literary expression of the theological positions held by the early Christian communities.


Themes will include:

  1. Judaism in the Greco-Roman world.
  2. How the Gospels came to be written/formed.
  3. The narrative structure of the four Gospels.
  4. The Apostle Paul
  5. Overview of Pauline literature
  6. Applying exegetical methods to the Christian Scriptures
Replacing Course(s) THEO6005
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6005 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6005.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 1 x 2,400 words research essay (40%) 1 x 2,400 words exegesis (40%)
  • Online Discussion - 4 x 300 word posts (20%)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT6005

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