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.


* 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

Not available to students who have completed THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies and THL103.

Subject Relationships

THL106 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

THL103, THL106

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the contents of the New Testament and of its social, cultural and historical background;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced familiarity with key historical, cultural, literary, and theological issues pertaining to the study of the New Testament;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced familiarity with significant developments in the history of New Testament studies and with critical approaches to New Testament texts;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of interpretive issues concerning the relationship between the two Testaments in the Christian Bible;
  • be able to discuss critically the use of New Testament texts in the life of the contemporary Church;
  • be able to engage in sound exegesis of New Testament texts and to interact critically with primary biblical sources and secondary literature; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL409 in Session 2 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Book review
Background paper
Exegetical paper

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.

Special Resources

Online students who choose to attend the optional residential school in Canberra will need to arrange and cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.