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BBCL2610: The New Testament Literature

This unit of study provides an overview of the New Testament as a literary and theological work, seeking to understand both the early Christian 'story' and the various modes in which it was retold and applied in the first century CE. Students explore the various genres of NT literature, including 'gospel', epistolary forms, parable and apocalyptic. Particular attention is paid to reader-response criticism of the Gospels and intertextuality in the NT epistles. Documents will be read in English translation.

Code BBCL2610
Academic unit Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Credit points 6
12 Junior credit points including at least (6 in (BBCL1001 or BBCL1002 or HBRW1111 or HBRW1112 or RLST1002) and (6 from Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, History, English, Philosophy, Studies in Religion, Arabic Studies or 6 Senior credit points in (BBCL2603 or BBCL2607 or BBCL2609))) or (12 credit points at 1000 level in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture or Studies in Religion)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. articulate the essential contents of some of the New Testament documents (Mark, Acts, Galatians, 1 John)
  • LO2. identify the literary forms that occur in the New Testament
  • LO3. discuss the New Testament’s use of ‘Old’ Testament texts, thoughts or people
  • LO4. articulate the issues surrounding the formation of the Canon
  • LO5. locate the New Testament documents in their first century historical and theological context
  • LO6. explain the relationship of the New Testaments to the apostolic mission
  • LO7. account for the rise of earliest Christianity in its Jewish context.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.