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9 cps

Type of Unit                




Academic Staff            

Dr Margaret Beirne, RSC, BA (UNE 1973) MA (Weston 1978) BD (MCD 1984), MEd (UNSW 1986) DTheol (MCD 2000), Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Objectives

This course unit introduces students to the critical study of the New Testament, its literary forms, historical and cultural contexts and theological themes. It provides a solid foundation for further biblical and theological study.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. articulate a thorough knowledge of the contents of the New Testament
  2. assess the historical, social and cultural context of the New Testament
  3. demonstrate well-developed exegetical skills in critical interpretation of New Testament texts
  4. integrate significant secondary literature into formal critical essays on the books of the New Testament
  5. relate the fruits of New Testament studies to a range of life and ministry situations


  1. Contents of the New Testament
  2. Historical, cultural, political and religious contexts of the New Testament materials
  3. The literary nature of the New Testament
  4. Key methodologies and approaches to Biblical interpretation and critical issues
  5. Developing skills in exegesis and writing an exegetical essay
  6. Identification and analysis of key New Testament themes

Assessment Profile

  1. Book review (1,000 words). Value: 20%
  2. Exegetical essay (2,000 words). Value: 40%
  3. Thematic essay (2,000 words). Value: 40%


3hr lecture per week on campus, or via distance education