Reading the New Testament

Level 4 - DT1002

This course provides an introduction to key books of the New Testament, a knowledge of which is essential for those wishing to gain an understanding of Christianity and its cultural, social and political influence during the last two millennia through to the present day.

Topics covered

Section A: The four Gospels and Acts, with reference to set passages

  • Introduction to the study of the Gospels
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospel of Matthew
  • The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts
  • The Gospel of John

Section B: The Pauline Epistles, with a focus on 1 Corinthians and Romans

  • Introduction to the study of Paul and his Letters
  • 1 Corinthians
  • Romans

Section C: Hebrews and Revelation

  • Hebrews
  • Revelation


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).