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TM103.5 Introduction to the New Testament

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This module gives an overview of the New Testament content and an introduction to current methods and issues in biblical studies. Selected books and themes will be introduced and set in their historical and literary contexts with attention to their potential application today.


TM103.5: Introduction to the New Testament

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What is this Module all about?

TM103.5 is a general Introduction to the New Testament for first year students. The module is designed to give a broad overview of the New Testament contents and history. It covers general themes found in the New Testament together with some sample books (Mark, Hebrews and Revelation). There is a section on the special characteristics of the synoptic gospels and a section on the Pauline Epistles. The class is taught at University Level One in a broadly academic environment acknowledging the various methods of modern scholarship but with a view to understanding how this greater knowledge can enhance our devotional use of the bible. Click here for:

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Books

The following are indicative books for this subject: For more detailed bibliographies see our Sample book lists.
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TM103.5 NT Web Resources

You may find the following web sites helpful when studying the New Testament. Material on the net has no quality control making tutors very wary - and rightly so! Nevertheless there is a growing amount of first class academic work on line particularly coming from Religious Studies Departments of good Universities. Treat with care and you'll find it very useful for essays.

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Gateways to New Testament web sites (Links to links on the NT.)

Rutger's Virtual Religion Index
Links to all matters relating to the New Testament most of a good academic standard.
Hivolda University, Sweden
Lots of good links to English material of reasonable quality.
New Testament Gateway
A list of links to good scholarly and academic works on the NT created and maintained by a NT lecturer from Birmingham University

New Testament Maps

Birmingham's Maps of the Biblical World
The place to go for links to online maps - everything from the spread of Christianity to maps of Jerusalem.
Luther Seminary's Maps of the Biblical World
Maps of the Land of Israel during biblical times.
Maps for the Gospels
From the makers of the Jesus film a selection of maps related to the historic Jesus.
Maps for Paul
Maps related to the life of Paul and the Letter to the Corinthians.

Online Bibles and Commentaries (usually older versions because they are free)

Crosswire's Bible Tool
Crosswire together with the American Bible Society and SBL has set up this online Bible resource which has innumerable foreign language versions as well as the classic English texts including all Bible Society texts
CCEL Worldwide Study Bible
Gives links to bible versions and commentaries (again usually older and copyright free)for each book and chapter of the bible
Gospelcom's Bible Gateway
If you don't have your own bible search software this site lets you search and print for particular search words or verses in a variety of versions - also useful for comparing bible versions
Crosswalk's Bible Study Tools
Similar to the above, you can see various bibles, commentaries, concordances, dictionaries but also includes Hebrew and Greek.
Internet Christian Library
Articles and links to online bibles, commentaries, bible study materials and other christian books.
Birmingham's All in One Biblical Resources
Mark Goodacres's Birmingham University site includes among other things the ability to search a lot of bible sites i.e. bible versions for particular chapters and verses as well as key words.
Bible.org's commentaries and articles
Contains a growing set of online commentaries on the NT books by a variety of authors. Fairly conservative but engaging with academic subjects and the major scholars. Look around the home page for other useful articles.
McGill University
More biblical studies, bible, commentaries etc. lists
Theology Website
Theology Website has articles on each of the NT books giving background information on the book's structure and background, based on Guthrie's NT Introduction so broadly evangelical.
Bill Loader's NT articles
Bill Loader of Murdoch University Australia has written commentaries and scholarly articles for his classes and for respected journals
St Benet's Hall
Father D Wansbrough has prepared Introductions to the Gospels and Paul for his seminary students in Oxford

The Synoptic Problem (Links and Articles specifically on the relationship between Matthew, Mark and Luke)

A Synoptic Gospels Primer
An excellent site on the Synoptics, different theories and comparison of texts in RSV format from the Department of Religion Rutgers University New Jersey
Answers on the Synoptic Problem
Another very useful site on the Synoptic Problem and the different theories in FAQ format.
Torrey's Synoptic Links
A generally useful site, this section contains some good academic links on the Synoptic Problem and the Synoptic Gospels.
Gospel perspectives
A short introduction to the perspectives of the different gospels and the synoptic problem.
The Synoptics again
Specific links and articles from a site good on the gospels generally (see below)
The Case Against Q
Michael Goulder and Mark Goodacres attempt to solve the synoptic problems without Q - a minority view, well argued

The Gospels(Other Works dealing with Jesus and the Gospels)

Electronic New Testament Educational Resources
Felix Just SJ's site has good general introductions to most bible books and good links. He lectures at Loyola Marymount University
The Quest for the Historical Jesus
A scholarly (if rather sceptical) attempt to see behind the New Testament portraits of Jesus and the traditions of the church to discover the true identity and message of Jesus
Textweek's Gospel articles
A labour of love by Jenee Woodard. Textweek is designed to provide resources related to the Common Lectionary readings. Look around this site more widely as there are specific pages for each Gospel and Acts. The page on Mark is especially full
The Johannine Literature Web
A web site dedicated to the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles
John's Gospel
The Australian Catholic University has put up some samples fo their distance learning courses. This is a good overview course of John's Gospel. See also The world and literature of the bible

Paul and The Epistles (Works dealing with Paul and the Epistles attributed to him)

Pauline Literature
The Australian Catholic University has put up some samples fo their distance learning courses. This is a good overview course of the Pauline Literature. See also The world and literature of the bible
Textweek's Pauline Articles
A labour of love by Jenee Woodard. Textweek is designed to provide resources related to the Common Lectionary readings. She has come up with many links on Paul - academic and not so academic.
The NT Gateway on Paul
The Pauline section of the NT Gateway. A list of links to good scholarly and academic works on the NT created and maintained by a NT lecturer from Birmingham - lots of links to get you started.
St Paul the Apostle Home Page
A home page for St Paul set up by students at the Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando under Dr R Kidd's oversight
In the footsteps of St Paul
A web site of a tour made by 20 Methodists and Catholics to the sites of Paul's ministry. Helps to root the Pauline epistles in real places and environments. Plenty of photos and good descriptions of then and now.
Bible.org's commentaries and articles
The place to go for online commentaries and articles on each of the Pauline epistles, but fairly traditional and conservative.
Paul's life and theology
Using the Pauline letters this site explores what we can know of Paul's work, his teaching. There is also a section on how the letters interact with the Book of Acts.
The Paul Page
Articles by Mattison on the new perspective on Paul - i.e. the move since Sanders to see Paul in his Jewish context with a much more positive approach to Judaism, the law etc.

Acts, Revelation and the non-Pauline Epistles (Works not attributed to Paul)

Preaching Apocalyptic Passages
William Willimon, outstanding American preacher writes on preaching Apocalyptic passages such as Revelation.
The Johannine epistles
A website devoted to academic study of the Johannine Literature.

NT Studies and Methodology (NT Interpretation)

Trends in NT Study
"Drawing from the Treasure both Old and New" an article by Mark Goodacre NT Lecturer at Birmingham from Scripture Bulletin 27/2 on current trends in NT Studies.
Historical and Newer Criticism Explained
An easy to follow explanation of the different types of historical criticisms - source, form, redaction and more recent literary and post-modern criticisms from Goshen University. Less detailed than the explanations from Santa Clara below.
Another Explanation of the Biblical Criticisms
Another fairly easy to follow explanation of the different types of historical literary and post-modern criticisms from Santa Clara University. More detailed than the explanations at Goshen University above.
The Interpretation of Ancient Manuscripts
A fascinatingly detailed site dealing with the production of ancient manuscripts and how to decipher them i.e. NT textual criticism, including notes on all the Greek NT variants and an exercise in textual comparison.
The Bible Researcher
A site for Bible students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.

The New Testament World Sites that deal with the Roman and Jewish worlds of the first century

The Perseus Project
The Perseus Project is an ambituous project to get many ancient documents on line in the original languages and in translation. Besides Greek Grammars and the Latin Vulgate you will find here Whiston's translation of the Works of Josephus.

Online Biblical Journals Bible Studies Journals that appear online

BSW Journal
A site aimed at encouraging biblical studies journals to go online. It gives links to those that are online such as Biblica and American Journal of Biblical Theology. Also has links to commentaries and other bible study tools.

Apocryphal Works Apocryphal Works and Gnostic Gospels

Gospel of Thomas
Full text of the Gospel of Thomas as well as links to other Gnostic and Apocryphal works.
And there are always the General Religion Links as a starting point.

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TM103.5 at Bristol

This module is taught at Bristol by Elizabeth Harper or by Sandy Williams
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TM103.5 at Cheltenham

This module is taught at Cheltenham by Tom Webber
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TM103.5 at Ludlow

This module is taught at Ludlow by Sarah Cawdell
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Module Description for TM103.5


Code and title

TM103.5 Introduction to the New Testament

Tutor

Bristol: Elizabeth Harper/ Sandy Williams
Gloucester: Tom Webber
Ludlow: Sarah Cawdell

Brief description

This module gives an overview of the New Testament content and an introduction to current methods and issues in biblical studies. Selected books and themes will be introduced and set in their historical and literary contexts with attention to their potential application today.

Level and Credits

Level I       7.5 credits

Status

Core for Certificate and Diploma

Type

Standard

Prerequisites

Nil

Recommended prior study*

Nil

Restrictions*

Nil

Content summary

This course will cover:

Learning outcomes

By the end of this half-module students should:
  1. Knowledge and Understanding
  2. Skills

Teaching and learning

60 hours
       10 hours class contact
       50 hours personal study (reading, assignments, class preparation)

Assessment

One assignment of 2000 words or equivalent. Some of the assignment options will engage the student in reflecting on the application of their study to contemporary Church situations.

Exceptionally, this assignment may be combined with that for assessment of the TM103.5 Introduction to New Testament unit provided that both tutors responsible are satisfied that the chosen subject will adequately test the student's grasp of both fields.

Indicative resources


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