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Course Overview

The course will efficiently deliver content specific to biblical studies, relevant to students who wish to graduate with the M.Th in Biblical Studies. The content of the course will be delivered through the New Testament research seminar, allowing for a high-level of research-led teaching. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Katherine Hockey

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR554T Recent Developments in New Testament Study (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will engage with a significant area of development within the field of New Testament Studies, by means of close and sustained evaluation of a particular work, or by a thematically arranged series of discussions. The course will position these recent developments in relation to their backgrounds, considering the contexts that have given rise to fresh approaches, and will evaluate the developments themselves. The course will therefore allow students to develop an awareness of the major questions that currently dominate New Testament Studies and their backdrop in the history of the discipline, as well as helping them to identify ongoing challenges and prospects for future research. The specific development under consideration will vary in each delivery of the course, but notice of the topic will be given through the programme director.  

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1500 words essay (30%)

3500 words essay (70%)


Resit: resubmission of coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberA knowledge of current debates in the field of New Testament studies, the background to these, the material data, the current theoretical developments and the representatives of various positions.
ProceduralAnalyseA ability to analyse the various representative arguments and their capacity to explain the relevant data.
ConceptualEvaluateAn emergent, informed position on the debate(s) in question, shaped by a detailed grasp of the relevant data and the theoretical accounts in which these data are interpreted.
ConceptualCreateAn advanced ability to communicate one’s own position in relation to the debate and to argue its merit in relation to alternatives.

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