Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2008-2009 (archived)


Department: Theology and Religion


Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2008/09 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • New Testament Greek and Exegesis (THEO1161) or equivalent.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To develop linguistic knowledge and exegetical skills in close study of selected texts.
  • To introduce relevant questions concerning the Historical Jesus.
  • To build on knowledge of New Testament Greek gained at Level 1 or through other study.
  • To equip students with skills and knowledge ancilliary to other modules which they have taken or are taking.


  • The course will focus on Mark 14-16 and Luke 22-24, reading selected sections to develop skills in translation and exegesis.
  • At several points, we will make side-glances at parallel passages in Matthew and John in order to explore the relations between the gospels and to raise questions about the relationship between history and theology at this critical point for Christian faith.
  • Building on prior knowledge, this course will equip students to become independent exegetes of the Greek New Testament and to use the most advanced commentaries.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of the set texts.
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the literary and historical issues arising from the set texts, and an ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of different approaches to these issues.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to translate New Testament Greek at intermediate level.
  • Exegetical skills in close study of texts, and use of relevant printed resources.
Key Skills:
  • Generic linguistic skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures convey information and exemplify an approach to the subject-matter, enabling students to develop a clear understanding of the subject and to improve their skills in listening and in evaluating information.
  • Formative essays and prepared exegesis develop subject-specific knowledge and understanding, along with student skills in the acquisition of information through reading and research, and in the structured presentation of information in written form.
  • Examinations assess subject-specific knowledge and understanding, along with student skills in the structured presentation of information in written form under time constraints. In this module the examination especially assesses subject skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures (1 hour on grammar, and 1 on exegesis each week) 44 2 per week 1 hour 44
Preparation and Reading 156 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
examination 3 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

1500 word exegesis, 2500 word essay.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University