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 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.