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BIBS221 The Gospels

A detailed introduction to the study of the Gospels, with exegesis of selected texts.

This paper offers a study of the critical issues and themes of each of the Gospels, of different facets of Jesus' ministry as portrayed in the Gospels, and an exegetical study of passages from Luke and John.

Paper title The Gospels
Paper code BIBS221
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2016
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $835.20
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,435.00

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36 100-level points
BIBS 321, BIBX 221, BIBX 321
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
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.
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Paul Trebilco
Paper Structure
The paper is divided into modules that cover the nature of the Gospels, themes from each of the four canonical Gospels, a range of Gospel issues and an in-depth discussion of selected passages from the Gospels of Luke and John.
Assessment comprises a major assignment (30%), a minor assignment (10%) and a three-hour exam (60%).
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: a teaching day (3.30pm-9.00pm) takes place in week two of the semester that replaces all lectures in the first three weeks of the semester (except for the first lecture), followed by three lectures per week for the remainder of the semester.
Distance: one one-hour audioconference, a teaching day, and two two-hour audioconferences spaced throughout the semester.
G.N. Stanton, The Gospels and Jesus (2nd edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).
A Course Book has also been developed for this course.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
When you complete the paper at the 200-level you will be able to:
  • Discuss critical issues associated with the study of each of the Gospels and one particular theme of significance for the study of each Gospel
  • Assess the range of views concerning the genre and purpose of the Gospels
  • Interpret selected texts, using the methods of biblical interpretation

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Not offered in 2016

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system