Course Code
RELI 0020
Course Type
Subject Credit
Course Availability

This course explores historical, literary and theological aspects of the New Testament. Because of its centrality to Christianity, the New Testament has been read with great attention and fervour for nearly two thousand years, and many of the best minds of those millennia have given themselves to expounding it. Yet, such are the power, range and subtlety of this anthology of texts, and its ability to stir controversy, that there is no hint of this scholarship slowing. 

Depending on the requirements of the individual student, this course can serve as a general introduction to New Testament studies, or concentrate on a more focussed selection of topics.

Introductory Reading

  • Boxall, I., SCM Studyguide to New Testament Interpretation. Norwich: SCM Press. 2007
  • Johnson, L. T., The Writings of the New Testament. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 3rd edn, 2010
  • Court, J. & K., The New Testament World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990
  • Barrett, C. K., The New Testament Background: Selected Documents. London: SPCK, rev’d edn, 1987
  • Moule, C.F.D., The Birth of the New Testament. London: A & C Black, 3rd edn, 1981
  • Sanders, E.P., The Historical Figure of Jesus. London: Penguin, 1995
  • Bockmuehl, M. (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Jesus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
  • Wenham, D. et al., Exploring the New Testament. London: SPCK, 2 vols, 2nd edn, 2011