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%).

Tutor in New Testament

Dr Peter Phillips Divinity tutor

Dr Peter Phillips

Peter Phillips is a Research Fellow and Director at the Centre for Digital Theology, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, as well as Head of Digital Theology at Premier Christian media. He has taught New Testament for quarter of a century at various levels. His current research focuses around the impact of digital culture on theology and on contemporary religious practice. He has recently led collaborative research around the Bible and Digital Millennials, published by Routledge in 2019 and Defining Digital Theology, published in De Gruyter’s Open Theology Journal. He has also published ‘Pixelated Text’ in Theology 2018, Engaging the Word with BRF in 2018, and a new book on The Bible, Social Media and Digital Culture with Routledge in 2019.