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BIBS121 Interpreting the New Testament

The interpretation of the New Testament in its historical context, including an introduction to critical methods and to the study of the Gospels and the Epistles, with an in-depth discussion of selected texts.

The paper offers an introduction to the interpretation of the New Testament. It includes study of the world from which the New Testament writings emerged, an introduction to methods of interpretation, the interpretation of selected texts, and a study of the New Testament evidence about Jesus and the apostle Paul. Methods of interpretation introduced here will be helpful for all students who are interested in reading historical documents and in developing their skills in critical and reflective thinking.

Paper title Interpreting the New Testament
Paper code BIBS121
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $810.90
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,390.00

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Restriction
BIBX 121
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Paul Trebilco
Paper Structure
The paper is divided into modules that cover the world of the New Testament, methods of interpretation, the portrayals of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament, and a close reading of a section of Mark's Gospel and of 1 Corinthians.Assessment comprises an essay (20%), online discussions (20%) and a three-hour exam (60%).
Textbooks
A Course Book has been developed for this course.
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: three lectures per week
Distance: one one-hour audioconference and three two-hour audioconferences spaced throughout the semester
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong Learning, Critical Thinking.. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper has four broad learning outcomes. By the end of it you will be able to:
  • Describe the major social, political, and religious features of the first century Jewish world
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the most common methods of biblical interpretation
  • Discuss some of the historical issues surrounding the life and work of both Jesus and the apostle Paul and
  • Enderstand and explain selected texts, using the methods of biblical interpretation
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith, or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
More information link
View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
Contact
Professor Paul Trebilco

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Weeks: 9-14,16-22 Tues, Thurs : 10:00-10:50
Weeks: 9-14,16-17,19-22 Mon : 10:00-10:50

Tutorial

Weeks: 10,12,14,17,19 Mon : 14:00-14:50
or Thurs : 14:00-14:50