Introduction to New Testament Studies
THL106 (Bachelor of Theology) and THL409 (Graduate Diploma of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College in 2017 Session 2 by Malcolm Coombes.
This subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces critical methods of New Testament interpretation, including basic exegetical skills. Attention is given to long-standing interpretive issues, including the relations between the gospels, the historical value of Acts, authenticity and pseudonymity in Paul, and apocalyptic literature.
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the English text of the New Testament and of its social, cultural and historical background
- be able to identify different literary forms within the New Testament writings
- be able to use key tools of New Testament studies, including primary sources, lexicons, dictionaries, commentaries and other research tools
- be able to demonstrate familiarity with significant developments in the history of New Testament studies and with critical approaches to New Testament texts
- be able to engage in basic exegesis of New Testament texts and read scholarly exegetical work critically
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of interpretive issues concerning the relationship between the two Testaments in the Christian Bible
- be able to discuss the use of New Testament texts in the life of the contemporary Church
- demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills
The subject will cover the following topics:
- The content of the New Testament writings
- The contexts (literary, historical and socio-cultural) of the New Testament writings
- The history and critical methods of New Testament studies
- Exegetical method and practice
- Central interpretive issues in the discipline of New Testament studies