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Introduction to the New Testament


This module enables you to:

  • become familiar with the purpose and theology of the Synoptic Gospels, using set texts.
  • become familiar with Paul’s theology, using set texts.
  • conduct a study of 1 Peter and James or The epistle to the Hebrews.

Topics covered

  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • Gospel of Mark
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Gospel of Luke
  • Introduction to Paul
  • Galatians
  • 1 and 2 Corinthians
  • Romans
  • James and 1 Peter
  • Hebrews

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Summarise the main characteristics and emphases of the set texts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of biblical criticism and interpretation.
  • Identify parallels and differences between the set texts.
  • Identify, describe and critically examine the essential teachings, messages and points of difficulty in the set texts.
  • Assess main scholarly positions to and discussions about the set texts.
  • Evaluate the arguments, theories and themes of the texts for different readerships.


Three-hour examination.