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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to enable students to reflect critically on key themes and issues related to the New Testament with a particular focus on the four Gospels. In this module students develop knowledge of key issues related to the background and formation of the Gospels, as well as distinctive elements and themes found within each of these texts. Students will also develop skills that will enable them to engage with these texts from a variety of perspectives and methodologies used in the academic study of the Bible. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, and to engage with the primary texts in a reflective and analytical manner as they progress through the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the New Testament in its Historical Context
2. Reflect critically on historical issues related to the background and formation of the Gospels;
3. Identify and analyse critical issues and distinctive themes found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, including particular portrayals of Jesus of Nazareth;
4. Demonstrate practical knowledge of methods and approaches used in the academic study of the New Testament.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion53No Description
Independent Study48Readings
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

NT Background: Gospels in Context

Gospels: Origins and History

Key themes in the Gospels

Critical methods in NT study

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Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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