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Introduction To New Testament

Introduction to New Testament

Aim of the Course

The course aims to provide the student to understand the origin as well as the development of the New Testament and to equip him to undertake a scientific study of the New Testament with a view towards interpreting it for himself and the wider community.

Course Content

The course will deal with basic concepts in the formation of the New Testament, Inspiration & principle of Biblical Hermeneutics according to the mind of the Church, New Testament History and Geography, and Introduction to Biblical Greek.


Class Participation: 20%

Several small pieces of coursework

Final Examination: 80%

Select Bibliography

Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997

Strauss, Mark L. Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels. Michigan: Zondervan, 2007

Hagner, Donald A. The New Testament.: A Historical and Theological Introduction. Michigan.: Baker Academic, 2012

Charpentier, Etienne. How to Read the New Testament. London: SCM Press, 1982

Harrington, Danie J., and Christopher R. Matthews, eds. Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures. New York: Paulist Press, 2012

Holladay, Carl R. A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005

Hayes, John H, and Carl R. Holladay. Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007

Williamson, Peter S, Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture. Rome: PIB, 2001

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Interpretation of Scripture: In Defense of the Historical-Critical Method. New York: Paulist Press, 2008

Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini, Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. Liberia Editrice: Vaticana, 2010

Vatican Council II, Dei Verbum. In Vatican Council II: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, edited by Austin Flannery, OP. Northport: Costello, 1996

However, the student also will be exposed to a wide variety of literature on the subject.

Lecture Hours

To be confirmed


Fr. Ryan Innas