Theology & Religious Studies BD/MA

New Testament Themes and Topics with Greek TRS4069

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will study in depth a particular theme or topic taken from the New Testament and will involve close reading of selected biblical texts, including reading and interpreting biblical texts in their original language.


1x2hr seminar; 1x1hr language tutorial per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Honours options in TRS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

TRS4068 New Testament Themes & Topics




Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Presentation of 10 minutes - 10%

Book Review (750 words) - 10%


Examination (90 minutes duration) - 40%

OR: in place of the exam an additional 2500 word essay on a topic to be agreed with the convener, by an agreed date - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ engage in close reading of selected texts from the New Testament in their original language;

■ relate the biblical texts to a variety of religious and secular contexts;

■ apply a range of theoretical interpretative approaches to texts including some in New Testament Greek.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss analytically the historical, cultural and literary character of specific texts from the New Testament;

■ relate themes and motifs from the prescribed texts to contemporary (ancient and/or modern) contexts;

■ apply theoretical approaches in the analysis of specific texts;

■ present complex arguments in written and oral form;

■ translate and comment on relevant texts in New Testament Greek.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.