New Testament Theology: Texts in English

Level 6 – DT3050-02

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

The course 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 course, you must already have passed the course Reading the New Testament at Level 4.

Topics covered

  • 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

Assessment

Forum participation (10%); a two thousand-word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour unseen written examination (50%).

Tutor in New Testament

Dr Stefano Salemi

Dr Stefano Salemi - Divinity

Dr Stefano Salemi is a scholar of biblical studies, languages, and theology. He possesses the rare expertise of someone with doctorates in both Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament and their associated biblical languages from both the UK (King’s College London) and Italy (Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Apulia). He has held or continues to hold Research Fellowships at various universities, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, King’s College London, Sheffield, Jerusalem, Pretoria, and the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of Apulia. He conducts research in biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, Hebrew and Greek languages and semantics, biblical and systematic-historical theology, reception history, and intertextual studies (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in the New Testament). He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught at various universities, including Oxford and King’s College London. His publications include books on Christ’s death in John (2014) on Hebrew semantics and Ezekiel (forthcoming), and on the Christology of the cross (forthcoming).