1st semester: Monday evening        (Min. No. 8)

This unit aims to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the formation, socio-historical setting and literary forms of the New Testament literature. Whilst studying the various books of the New Testament, students will be introduced to contemporary methods of critical biblical interpretation. The theological issues of these writings will also be explored.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the social, historical and political milieu of the first century CE
2. describe the relationship between New Testament texts and the Old Testament and articulate implicit and explicit intertextual references
3. discuss issues associated with the critical attitude towards Judaism in some of these texts
4. describe and discuss the formation of these texts as the source documents of the early Christian communities
5. identify and utilise the materials that assist New Testament interpretation, particularly by writing exegetical papers and an exegetical essay

Two 1000 word exegetical essays (40%); one 2000 word research essay (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase
*Bible, with the Deuterocanonical or Apocryphal Books. Suitable version of the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) or the RSV (Revised Standard Version). NRSV preferred.

*Set Text *Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament. Revised and updated 3rd ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2012. (Available through Amazon or Book Depository)

Boring, Eugene. An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2012.

Boxall, Ian.New Testament Interpretation. SCM Study Guide. Norfolk: SCM Press, 2007.

Holladay, Carl R. A Critical Introduction to the New Testament. Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2005.

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation. 3rd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2010.

Levine, Amy-Jill, and Marc Zvi Brettler, eds. The Jewish Annotated New Testament: New Revised Standard Version Bible Translation. New York: OUP, 2011.

Malina, Bruce J., and Richard L. Rohrbaugh. Social-Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1992.

Moloney, Francis J. A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2010.

———. Gospel Interpretation and Christian Life. Adelaide, SA: ATF Press, 2017.

———. Gospel Interpretation and Christian Life. Adelaide, SA: ATF Press, 2017.

Rhoads, David M., Joanna Dewey and Donald M. Michie. Mark as Story: Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1999.

Ryan, Maurice, ed. Reading the Bible: An Introduction for Students. Tuggerah: Social Science Press, 2003.

Throckmorton, Burton H. Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of the Synoptic Gospels. 5th ed. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1992.