Advanced Studies in the New Testament

Course code RELT6005Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

UoN Broken Bay Instit - OnlineSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon 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.
ContentThemes 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
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6005 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6005.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1 x 2,400 words research essay (40%)

1 x 2,400 words exegesis (40%)
Online Discussion4 x 300 word posts (20%)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT6005