THL106 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
Port Macquarie Campus
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL106. 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 subject THL409.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have completed or have knowledge equivalent to THL105.  

Subject Relationships

THL409 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the contents of the New Testament and of its social, cultural and historical background;
  • be able to demonstrate familiarity with key historical, cultural, literary and theological issues pertaining to the study of the New Testament;
  • 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 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;
  • be able to engage in basic exegesis of New Testament texts and to interact with primary biblical sources and secondary literature; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The contents 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 THL106 in Term 3 2020. 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
Literature review
Major essay

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school for this introductory 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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.