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BIBS421 Greek New Testament Exegesis (Advanced)

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This paper is designed to enable students to further develop their translation and exegesis skills in relation to the Greek New Testament.

Paper title Greek New Testament Exegesis (Advanced)
Paper code BIBS421
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Full Year (Distance learning)
Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
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BIBX 421
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.

Course Co-ordinator: Prof Paul Trebilco - email

Teaching staff

Dr Gillian Townsley - email

Paper Structure

The paper involves translation of one section of the Greek New Testament and translation and exegesis of three further sections.


Two exegetical essays (20% each)
Grammar comments (5%)
Three-hour final exam (55%).

Teaching Arrangements
Campus: One 2-hour lecture per week for the full year.

Distance: One 2-hour lecture per week for the full year.
Distance students participate in the campus class via a desktop videoconferencing programme, which is available free of charge. Students who are unable to join classes can download the videos and watch them at a later time.

Nestle, E., Nestle, E., Aland, K., and Aland, B., eds. Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th ed. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2013 is required.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete the paper you will be able to

  • Translate selected Greek texts into English.
  • Undertake close analysis of texts and to write a detailed exegesis on the Greek text of selected passages.
  • Comment on grammatical and syntactical features of selected texts.
  • Demonstrate in practice an advanced understanding of the methods of New Testament textual criticism.
  • Formulate historical, theological and exegetical questions.
  • Develop and implement a research strategy appropriate to advanced study.
  • Present a seminar that provides an extended and in-depth analysis of a passage and demonstrates to the class the relevant content of a particular passage and the methodology required to study it in a well-organised manner.

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Full Year

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

Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22, 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22, 28-34, 36-41