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4AAT1006 Introduction to the New Testament


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module tutors: Dr Jonathan Norton Professor Eddie Adams 
Assessment: one three-hour examination (100%). Students are also expected to complete one formative essay.

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: none

This module is an introduction to the study of the New Testament for students who may have some, little or no knowledge of it and of its critical analysis. By completing this module students will gain a general familiarity with the contents of the New Testament and of the major approaches to these texts. The books of the New Testament will be considered within their historical contexts as literary compositions.

NB This course is run using a textbook: Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings - Fourth Edition (2010) ISBN13: 9780199740307

Sample topics

  • What is the New Testament?
  • What are the Gospels and how do they relate to each other?
  • The Synoptic Gospels: Mark, Matthew and Luke
  • The Acts of the Apostles
  • Pauline correspondence Hebrews and the Catholic letters
  • The Gospel of John and Johannine letters
  • The Book of Revelation

Module aims
  • To introduce students to the contemporary interpretation and approaches 
  • To introduce students to the contents of the New Testament
Learning outcomes

Generic skills

  • To gain familiarity with the New Testament and its scholarly study
  • Be able to engage competently and critically with the appropriate primary sources;
  • To access and analyse relevant interpretative literature;
  • To present evaluative and summative assessment in written or oral form

Module specific skills

  • To understand the literature of the New Testament;
  • To recognise the processes of development which resulted in those writings
  • To understand the methods of interpretation used in New Testament exegesis
Past syllabi
Previous syllabus document available to download here for academic year 2015-16.

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.
Preliminary reading
  • Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings - Fourth Edition (2010) ISBN13: 9780199740307
  • Bart Ehrman, A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (4th or 5th ed.; OUP, 2007/11)


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