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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Gospels (Advanced)
    Subject Biblical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    One 200-level BIBS or BIBX paper
    BIBS 221, 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.

    Dr Don Moffat

    Teaching staff

    Dr Don Moffat

    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

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    Campus: One two-hour lecture each week
    Distance: One two-hour lecture per week. Distance students participate in the campus classes via Zoom. Students who are unable to join classes can watch recordings at a later time.


    G.N. Stanton, The Gospels and Jesus (2nd edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

    Course outline
    View the course outline for BIBS 321
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    When you successfully complete the paper at the 300-level you will be able to:

    • Critically analyse the critical issues associated with the study of each of the Gospels and one theme of significance for each of the Gospels
    • Critically evaluate a range of views about the genre and purpose of the Gospels
    • Exegete selected texts demonstrating advanced skills using established methods of interpretation


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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