THL409 Introduction To New Testament Studies (8)

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.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL409. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Subject Relationships

THL106 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

THL103, THL106

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


This 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

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.The residential school for this subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of the New Testament.

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.