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New Testament and its World (THE507)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces the events and literature of earliest Christianity. Who wrote the Gospels, and why? What was Paul's role in the formation of the early Church? How might we decode Apocalyptic texts like the book of Revelation? By examining the texts of the New Testament in light of their original historical contexts, the unit enables a fresh encounter with a collection that has proven enormously influential in world history.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
LO1 Describe the main features of the social, economic, political, and religious world of the New Testament (NT) writings
LO2 Identify the key historical and factors attending the life of Jesus of Nazareth and the early church
LO3 Outline the contents and major themes of NT literature
LO4 Explain and apply scholarly theories about the formation of these writings, and show proficiency in using historical-critical methodologies
LO5 Display critical interpretive and close-reading skills for the analysis of the New Testament
LO6 Demonstrate effective communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences Students learn through critical engagement with both primary texts and secondary sources. Interpretive insights of the biblical text and its background are refined through in-class discussion and participation in online forums. Skills in biblical exegesis are cultivated by looking at certain texts in detail using appropriate lexical and commentary aids.
Assessment There are three components to the assessment: a 2000-word exegetical Research Paper on a passage from the Gospels worth 35%; weekly contributions to an on-line forum worth 30%; and a 2-hour final exam worth 35%.
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate-level study.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Theology (GradCertTheol)
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Robert Myles
Lecturer New Testament

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6625
e: R.Myles@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.048 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Robert Myles
Lecturer New Testament

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6625
e: R.Myles@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.048 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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