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Postgraduate Course: New Testament Texts (Postgraduate) (BIST11031)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course analyses selected passages from the New Testament in some depth, paying attention to matters of historical, literary and theological interest.
Course description Academic Description:
This course analyses selected passages from the New Testament in some depth, paying attention to matters of historical, literary and theological interest.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The syllabus for this course will vary from year to year.

Student Learning Experience:
The course will be taught as a two-hour weekly seminar. The first seminar will feature a presentation from the class lecturer. Subsequently, each session will be divided into two one-hour sections. In the first hour the lecturer will provide a discussion of key themes or topics. In the second hour students will take turns to introduce subsequent classes with a short presentation (no more than 10 mins), followed by class discussion (guided by the lecturer).

Students will show that they have achieved the intended learning outcomes through their seminar presentations and class comments, their major essays which can focus on a textual, thematic, cultural or theological issue (or some other choice in consultation with the course instructor).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesPrior study in New Testament would equip a visiting student well for this course. It would be beneficial, but not essential to have some proficiency in koine Greek
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show an awareness of the seminal contributions to the theological and historical study of one or more key New Testament texts.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to read New Testament texts critically, and with comprehension.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to express independent critical assessment of the views of other scholars who have worked with the same texts.
  4. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the gendered and rhetorical nature of ancient texts.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse critical concepts in New Testament studies.
Reading List
As the course is designed to allow a selection of different texts depending on the interests of the course instructor, there is no set bibliography.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Self-discipline
- Sensitivity towards changing historical and cultural contexts
- Oral and written communication skills
- Ability to provide concise statements on complex texts
- Analytical ability in formulating questions and answers
KeywordsNew Testament,ancient Mediterranean world,textual analysis,biblical theology
Course organiserProf Paul Foster
Tel: (0131 6)50 8917
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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