Alternative NT Voices THL301

Alternative NT Voices THL301

Alternative NT Voices THL301 is being taught at United Theological College Sydney in 2018 Session 2

This subject examines the genre, literary structure, provenance and distinctive theological features of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude, focusing especially on the exegesis and interpretation of Hebrews, James and 1 Peter. An important dimension of this subject is the study of these New Testament writings as diverse expressions of early Christianity and alternative voices to Paul and the gospel writers.

 

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to identify features of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude that provide clues to their provenance
  • be able to discuss the genre and literary structure of these writings
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with the history of interpretation of these alternative New Testament voices
  • be able to demonstrate critical appreciation of the distinctive theological features of these alternative New Testament voices
  • be able to demonstrate competence in the exegetical and interpretive treatment of select passages from Hebrews, James and 1 Peter
  • be able to demonstrate critical engagement with both the primary biblical materials and secondary literature
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the historical background, authorship, audience, literary structure and genre of Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude
  • The canonical significance of these writings
  • Alternative New Testament voices as diverse expressions of early Christianity
  • Literary and thematic relations between Jude and 2 Peter
  • Relations between the three Johannine letters and also between these letters and the Fourth Gospel
  • Major theological themes in Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude
  • Exegesis and interpretation of Hebrews, James and 1 Peter