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Undergraduate Course: The New Testament in the Graeco-Roman World (DIVI10012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course situates the New Testament in its Graeco-Roman historical, political, literary, and cultural contexts and seeks to identify instances of influence and interaction.
Course description Academic Description:
This course situates the New Testament in its Graeco-Roman historical, political, literary, and cultural contexts and seeks to identify instances of influence and interaction. In any given year, there may be a particular set theme.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
In any given term the syllabus may be organized around a set theme in the Graeco-Roman context of the New Testament, e.g., ethnicity, sacrifice, etc. Each week will focus on a set primary text accompanied by one or more secondary readings.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course format is a mixture of lecture and seminar-style discussion on set primary and secondary readings, which will have been read in advance of the class.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed ( Jesus and the Gospels (BIST08021) OR Jesus and the Gospels (DIVI08012)) OR ( Paul and His Letters (BIST08022) OR Paul and His Letters (DIVI08010))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The New Testament and Graeco-Roman Culture (BIST10046)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: The New Testament and Graeco-Roman Culture (BIST10046)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students are particularly welcome to take this course. Ideally you should have already completed two university/College courses in Divinity or Religious studies prior to enrolment. If not, please contact the Course Organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10% - Class Participation

30% - Essay (2500 words)

60% - Exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically approach the New Testament texts through interaction with ancient primary sources.
  2. Interact with and apply the breadth of secondary literature in the discipline of biblical studies.
  3. Render critical judgements on modern scholarship.
  4. Provide a sophisticated account (in written form) of select pertinent issues in New Testament studies.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Analytical ability and the capacity to formulate questions and solve problems
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
KeywordsNew Testament,Biblical Studies
Course organiserDr Matthew Novenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8942
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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