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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.

Paper title The Gospels
Paper code BIBS221
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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: 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 (15%) and a three-hour exam (55%).

Teaching Arrangements
Campus: There will be one 2-hour videoconferenced lecture each week.

Distance: There will be one teaching day and one 1-hour videoconference specifically for distance students. Distance students are also invited to join weekly videoconferences. However, recordings will be available on Blackboard for students who cannot attend live.
G.N. Stanton, The Gospels and Jesus (2nd edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

A Course Book has also been developed for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for BIBS 221
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 2020

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