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New Testament Theology: Texts in English

Level 6 – DT3050-02

This module builds on the introductory module, Reading the New Testament to focus on New Testament theology.

The 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 university and diversity that characterises New Testament theology. They will develop skills in interpreting New Testament texts in terms of their theological content, while remaining sensitive to the historical, social and cultural context of the texts. 

Prerequisite: In order to take this module, you must already have passed the module Reading the New Testament at Level 4.

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include:

  • Christology
  • The Synoptic Christologies
  • Pauline Christology
  • Christology: John's Gospel
  • Christology: Hebrews 
  • Soteriology (Mainly Pauline)
  • Soteriology: The Death of Jesus
  • Soteriology: Justification by Faith
  • Soteriology: Participation in Christ
  • Eschatology
  • Eschatology: The Synoptic Gospels
  • Eschatology: Paul
  • Eschatology: Book of Revelation

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to: 

Knowledge and understanding 

  • Display a detailed knowledge of the specified areas of New Testament theological thought in the areas of Christology, Soteriology and Eschatology; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of modes of theological enquiry appropriate to the New Testament;
  • Read New Testament texts closely with theological questions in view, relating the texts to their historical, social and cultural contexts;
  • Give an account of the relation between unity and diversity in New Testament theology. 

Intellectual and cognitive skills 

  • Engage analytically and critically with primary sources;
  • Interact with and assess secondary literature relating to the primary sources.

Practical and transferable skills 

  • Present confidently ideas and arguments in written form;
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent study.


A two thousand-word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour unseen written examination (60%).