Introduction to New Testament Studies

Introduction to New Testament Studies

THL106 (Bachelor of Theology) and THL409 (Graduate Diploma of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College in 2019 Session 2 by Jeff Aernie.

The subject is an identified scholarship subject with UTC in 2019.  For more information about our UCA scholarships please contact

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.

This subject will also be taught as an Intensive at CSU Port Macquarie from Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July.  To register your interest in attending this Intensive as either part of your CSU Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Certificate in Theology or Graduate Diploma of Theology course, or as an Audit student to study out of interest only, please contact UTC on the below details.

Call UTC to enrol for courses in 2019.
Phone 02 8838 8914  Email:
Office Hours: 9 am – 5 pm (Mon – Fri)

2019 UTC Education Prospectus – Downloadable PDF (2MB)

Learning Outcomes

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

Subject Enrolment Enquiry Session 2

Subject Enrolment Enquiry Session 2 - for fully paid or audit enrolments.