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Undergraduate Course: New Testament Texts (DIVI10061)

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
SummaryDetailed study of selected passages from the New Testament writings.
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. One possible topic might be the Acts of the Apostles. We will look through the book, taking a few chapters each week, and looking at exegetical issues. What is the author trying to convey to his ancient audience? How would the work have been heard in a late first century/early second century Roman setting?

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course will be taught as a two-hour weekly seminar. The first seminar will feature a lengthy presentation from the class lecturer; after this, 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 presentations and class comments, their essays, and the final exam.
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 New Testament Texts (BIST10012)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: New Testament Texts (BIST10012)
Information for Visiting Students
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. Write an essay showing independent, critical analysis of one or more New Testament texts.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to express independent critical assessment of the views of other scholars who have worked with the same texts.
  4. Show an awareness of the gendered and rhetorical nature of ancient texts.
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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
Keywordshistory,literature,theology,new testament
Course organiser Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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