Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2008-2009 (archived)


Department: Theology and Religion


Type Open Level 3 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 student undestanding of New Testament Greek through reading selected passages from the New Testament texts.
  • To develop advanced skills in New Testament Greek with respect to the translation and exegesis of these passages.
  • To encourage engagement with up-to-date New Testament scholarship on the relevant texts.
  • To consider, among other things, matters of history, literary analysis, background and theology.


  • This module serves as an exegetical introduction to the chosen texts and selected passages.
  • In addition to improving students' exegetical skills, this module is designed to sharpen their critical awareness of the theological issues which the chosen texts raise.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • The ability to translate accurately and comment on matters of language, content and major textual variants.
  • The ability to engage with advanced scholarship in discussion of the historical, literary and theological content of the text.
  • The ability to form one's own interpretation of the text, in debate with the recent or past history of interpretation.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Exegetical skills.
  • Skills in translation.
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. In this module they also facilitate reading of Greek.
  • Through small-group discussion, tutorials provide feedback on student work and the opportunity to discuss specific issues in detail, enhancing student knowledge and writing skills.
  • Formative essays and exegetical exercises develop subject-specific knowledge and understanding, along with student skills in exegesis, 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.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 19 1 per week in Terms 1 and 2 1.5 hours 28.5
Tutorials 3 As required 1 hour 3
Preparation and Reading 168.5
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
three-hour unseen written examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

One exegesis (1500 words) and an essay (2500 words) in the Michaelmas and Epiphany terms.

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