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150.515 Exploring the New Testament

 

Credits: 15

NQF Level: 5

Year: 2018

Delivery Mode

Upper Hutt Campus: School for Officer Training; School of Bible and Mission

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the reading of the New Testament story and to demonstrate its contemporary relevance by examining its origins, historical and social setting, significant people, places, events, issues, and major themes, including a close study of two representative documents – a gospel and a letter.

Indicative Content

  1. New Testament origins, historical and social setting, significant people, places, events, issues, and major themes
  2. The Gospels: definition, authorship, content, distinctives
  3. The story of Jesus – upbringing, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension
  4. Study of John’s gospel
  5. Birth and spread of the early church
  6. Study of Galatians
  7. The Last Word – Revelation
  8. The New Testament, contemporary society and church ministry

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use appropriate frameworks, methods and tools for reading and interpreting the New Testament, and, critically evaluate these approaches in terms of their application to ministry.
  • Evaluate ministry responses to contemporary issues based on strategies for applying New Testament interpretation to the life of faith (personal and communal) within varied social and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the New Testament, theology and ministry practice, and, apply this learning to issues in the broader community in order to provide appropriate ethical leadership and direction for the SA community.