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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. demonstrate  a sound knowledge of the contents of the New Testament
  2. display a sound understanding of the historical, social and cultural context of the New Testament
  3. demonstrate basic exegetical skills in critical interpretation of New Testament texts
  4. access and use significant secondary literature
  5. apply the fruits of New Testament studies to a range of life and ministry situations


  1. Outline of the books of the New Testament
  2. Historical, cultural, political and religious contexts of the New Testament materials
  3. Approaching the books of the New Testament as literary works
  4. Key methodologies of Biblical interpretation
  5. Developing skills in exegesis and writing an exegetical essay
  6. Key New Testament themes

Assessment Profile

  1. Book review (800 words). Value: 20%
  2. Exegetical essay (1,600 words). Value: 40%
  3. Thematic essay (1,600 words). Value: 40%


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