Details for Writings of the New Testament

To give a broad introduction to the New Testament literature within its social and historical context.



Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIBM02
  • Credit points: 15

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

To give a broad introduction to the New Testament literature within its social and historical context.




Students should be able to:


  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

  • Introduce the New Testament literature within its socio-historical context.
  • Pay attention to issues that affect our understanding and interpreting of the message of these scriptures.
  • 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.

Prescribed Text

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



Representative References

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

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

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

Hawthorne, G. F. & R. P. Martin, eds.  Dictionary of Paul and his Letters. Downers Grove: IVP, 1993.

Gorman, M. J.  Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation and Mission. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.

Gorman, M. J. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Green, Joel B. and Lee Martin McDonald, eds. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.

Green, Joel B., Jeannine K. Brown and Nicholas Perrin, eds. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 2nd edition. Illinois: IVP 2013.

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

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. Downers Grovel: IVP, 2004.

Nienhuis, D. R. & R. W. Wall, Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture: The Shaping & Shape of a Canonical Collection. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.

Smith, Daniel Lynwood. Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Thielman, F. A. Theology of the New Testament. Grand Rapid: Zondervan, 2005.

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

Witherington, B. III. Paul’s Narrative Thought World. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994.

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


Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Currents in Biblical Research


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