Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6005. Students who have successfully completed THEO6005 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6005.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the historical, cultural and religious background of the New Testament.

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.

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


This course replaces THEO6005. If you have successfully completed THEO6005 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Forum Discussions

Essay: Minor Essay 1

Essay: Minor Essay 2

Essay: Major Research Essay