Subject Code THL106 (Also available as postgraduate subject THL409)

Subject Name Introduction to New Testament Studies

Duration One session

Availability Every year in Semester 2.

Level Introductory

Subject Units 8

Core/Elective Core

Delivery Mode Face to face at St Francis College – the Brisbane Campus for CSU School of Theology; or External – a student can log in to listen and participate; or View the lecture later via video.

Student Workload Contact hours 3 hours per week Reading, study and preparation 3-4 hours per week Assignment preparation 3-4 hours per week

TOTAL: 160 hours in the semester

Prerequisites Students should have completed or have knowledge equivalent to THL105 Introduction to Old Testament.

Incompatible Subjects Not available to students who have completed subject THL409.


This subject introduces the various writings that comprise the New Testament. It does so with reference to their historical context and their literary and theological features. It also introduces critical methods of New Testament interpretation, including basic exegetical skills.

Attention is given to long-standing interpretive issues, including the relations between the gospels, the historical value of Acts, authenticity and pseudonymity in Paul, and apocalyptic literature.

Prescribed Texts

Mark Powell, Introducing the New Testament: a historical, literary, and theological survey, Baker, Grand Rapids, 2018 (2nd edition).


This subject will cover the following topics:

• The contents of the New Testament writings.

• The contexts (literary, historical and socio-cultural) of the New

Testament writings.

• The history and critical methods of New Testament studies.

• Exegetical method and practice.

• Central interpretive issues in the discipline of New Testament


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

• be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the contents of the

New Testament and of its social, cultural and historical background;

• be able to demonstrate familiarity with key historical, cultural, literary

and theological issues pertaining to the study of the New Testament;

• be able to demonstrate familiarity with significant developments in

the history of New Testament studies and with critical approaches to

New Testament texts;

• be able to demonstrate an understanding of interpretive issues

concerning the relationship between the two Testaments in the

Christian Bible;

• be able to discuss the use of New Testament texts in the life of the

contemporary Church;

• be able to engage in basic exegesis of New Testament texts and to

interact with primary biblical sources and secondary literature; and

• be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic research,

writing and communication skills.

Assessment Tasks

There are three assignments.

Assignment 1: Read chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 10 from ‘Introducing the New Testament’ by Mark Allen Powell and do a report on ONE of the chapters.

Value: 20% Length: 750 words

Assignment 2: Choose a text from those listed and write a short paper on the background of your chosen passage: Matthew 17:1-13 OR Mark 12:1-12 OR Luke 4: 16-30 OR John 2:1-12.

Value: 30% Length: 1000 words

Assignment 3: Write an exegetical report on ONE of the texts:

Acts 8:26-40; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 Peter 1:13-21; Revelation 12:1-6

Value: 50% Length: 2000 words