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Details for Writings of the New Testament

The purpose of this paper is to provide an historical, literary, theological and thematic introduction to the canon of the New Testament. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: BIB102
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

The paper Writings of the New Testament is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

The purpose of this paper is to provide an historical, literary, theological and thematic introduction to the canon of the New Testament. 


  1. Identify the specific context and social circumstances which shaped the New Testament documents
  2. Interpret selected sections of the New Testament corpus
  3. Use appropriate secondary literature to source information concerning particular issues
  4. Identify and describe a range of themes and issues addressed by the New Testament
  5. Apply the New Testament for Christian life and thought 

Subject Content

  1. Introduce the New Testament literature within its socio-historical context.
  2. Pay attention to issues that affect our understanding and interpreting of the message of these scriptures.
  3. Pay attention as to how we may appropriate and utilise the New Testament in ethical and pastoral situations, similar to those faced by the first Christians.
  4. Explore indigenous/Maori readings of the New Testament 

This course may be offered in the following formats

face to face or online lectures, group discussions, writing, online engagement

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Minor Essay (1200 words)

Exegesis (1200 words)

Exegesis (1200 words) 


Prescribed Text

David deSilva, An Introduction to the New Testament. Illinois: IVP, 2004.

Representative References

Achtemeier,P., J. B. Green & M. M. Thompson. Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Grand Rapids, Mi:  Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001

Brown, R.E. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Burge, G. M., L. H. Cohick & G. L. Green. The New Testament in Antiquity. Grand Rapids, Mi:  Zondervan, 2009.

Burridge, R.A. Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Gundry, R.H. A Survey of the New Testament. 3rd ed. Carlisle: Paternoster, 1994.

Johnson, L.T. The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1986.

Lohse, E. The New Testament Environment.  Nashville: Abingdon, 1976.

Marshall, I H., S. Travis & I. Paul. Exploring the New Testament: The Letters and Revelation.  London: SPCK, 2002.

Marshall, I.H., New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. Downer’s Grove, Il:  IVP, 2004.

Rowland, C.C. Christian Origins. London: SPCK, 1985.

Swartley, W.M. Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994.

Thielman F. Theology of the New Testament. Grand Rapids. Mi: Zondervan, 2005.

Wenham D. & S. Walton. Exploring the New Testament: The Gospels and Acts vol. I. London: SPCK, 2001.

Witherington, Ben. The New Testament Story. Grand Rapids, Mi: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004.

Witherington, B. III.  Paul’s Narrative Thought World. Louisville: W/JKP, 1994.

                 Wright, N.T. The New Testament and the People of God. London: SPCK, 1992.