Introduction to New Testament

THL106 / 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.


One Semester


Semester 2 every year

Subject Points



Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.


THL105 or equivalent knowledge

Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey, 2nd ed. / Mark Allan Powell, 2018. [ISBN: 9780801099601]

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Prescribed Texts

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



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 studies.

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.