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Undergraduate Course: New Testament Themes (DIVI10069)

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
SummaryFocused study of one or more important religious ideas/theological themes in selected New Testament texts.
Course description Academic Description:
The text will focus on a small selection of New Testament texts and offer detailed analysis of that text. Typically the focus might be a single epistle or a section of one of the gospels.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The syllabus will be dictated by the texts selected. Typically the syllabus will cover standard introductory issues of date, authorship, theology, manuscript attestation, social context, and major themes. Then the bulk of the course will be based on detailed exegesis of the text.

Student Learning Experience Information:
Each two hour session is divided into a one-hour lecture covering an introductory issue, or focused on exegesis of a text. In the second hour students will discuss an issue that has been assigned the previous week and discuss various aspects of that topic. Students will prepare a sheet outlining their research on the set issue, and this will be collected and marked.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking New Testament Themes (BIST10044)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesBy permission of the Course Manager
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to conduct advanced exegesis using a variety of relevant approaches and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of the major critical issues surrounding the text under discussion.
  3. Evidence an understanding of the major scholarly debates surrounding the set text. Students will be able to weigh and assess competing scholarly views.
  4. Develop an understanding of the wider social context of the text, drawing upon any relevant Jewish or Greco-Roman parallels.
  5. Understand the range of textual witnesses to the text being examined and have the ability to describe the construction of modern printed editions.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Independence of mind and initiative
- Commitment to lifelong learning
- 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
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Paul Foster
Tel: (0131 6)50 8917
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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