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6AAT3036 Christ, Salvation and the End of the World: Exploring New Testament Theology (with Greek Texts Option)


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

Credit value: 15
Module tutor: Professor Edward Adams
Assessment: One 2,500-word essay (40%) and one two-hour examination (60%)

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 enables students to explore three key areas of New Testament theological thought: Christology, soteriology, and eschatology.  As students engage with the Gospels, the Pauline writings, the letter to the Hebrews and the Book of Revelation, they will gain an appreciation of the unity and diversity that characterizes New Testament theology.  They will develop skills in interpreting New Testament texts in terms of their theological content, while remaining senstive to the historical, social and cultural context of the texts. Students with Greek may study specified New Testament texts in Greek.  

Sample topics

  • The Christology of Mark’s Gospel
  • The Christology of Matthew and Luke’s Gospels
  • Paul’s Christology
  • The Christology of Hebrews
  • The Christology of John’s Gospel
  • Pauline Soteriology: Justification by Faith
  • Pauline Soteriology: Participation in Christ
  • Eschatology in the Synoptic Gospels
  • Paul’s Eschatology
  • The Eschatology of the Book of Revelation

Past syllabus

Please find the syllabus document available here for academic year 2015-16. Please be aware that the content of the syllabus will differ each academic year.

Further information

Module aims
  • To develop an understanding of the distinctive theological content of the New Testament by focusing on selected themes (Christology, soteriology and eschatology) and writers
  • To gain an understanding of the problems and issues involved in theological analysis of the New Testament
  • To develop skills in interpreting New Testament texts in terms of their theological content, relating issues of theology to the historical, social and cultural context of the texts
  • To gain a positive appreciation of theological diversity in the New Testament
  • For students with a knowledge of Kopine Greek: to study selected New Testament passages in Greek, enabling students to develop and improve their facility in Greek 
Learning outcomes

By the end of this course students should be able to:

Generic Skills

  • engage analytically and critically with primary sources
  • assess and interact with secondary literature relating to the primary sources
  • present confidently ideas and arguments in both oral and written form
  • undertake independent study

Module Specific Skills

  • display a detailed knowledge of specified areas of New Testament theological thought 
  • demonstrate an understanding of modes of theological enquiry appropriate to the New Testament
  • read New Testament texts closely, both independently and in interaction with others, with theological questions in view, relating the texts to their historical, social and cultural contexts 
  • display a knowledge of and to account for theological variety in the New Testament
  • For students with Greek: analyse New Testament texts in Greek, attentive to theological questions. 


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