Introduction to the Bible : New testament

lreli1120  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to the Bible : New testament
5 credits
30.0 h
Van Oyen Geert;
Main themes
To achieve its objectives, the course will address the following themes:
'the historical and religious context of the New Testament;
'the figure of Jesus in the New Testament;
'introduction to the Pauline literature, the Gospels and the Apocalypse and insight into the Apocrypha of the New Testament;
'a brief history of the canon of the New Testament;
'relationship between history, literature and theology for reading the Bible.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of this course, the student will be able:

·        to describe the historical and religious context of the New Testament and situate the figure of Jesus;

·        to master a basic knowledge of the New Testament writings (content, main characteristics¿);

·        to describe the history of the formation of the New Testament canon.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This course is an Introduction to the New Testament (NT). During 25 hours the student will "learn to read the NT". In a first part the traidtional questions are treated (the books, the aim, the authors, the dates, the structure), especially with regard to the four gospels. Moreover, we will learn to know the historical and religious environment of the NT (judaism, greco-roman culture). In order to understand the modern approaches of the texts, we present a historical survey of the research and the methodology of the NT (source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, narrative criticism, performance criticism). The last part of the course will be devoted to specific questions: textual criticism, the transmission of the text, apocryphal texts.
introduction to the NT is a general introduction in the critical reading of biblical text. A more throughgoing reading of individual books of the NT is given in other courses in BA and MA.
Teaching methods
Classroom-based course.
Evaluation methods
Written examination.
Online resources
The course notes are available in Moodle.
La bibliographie de chaque chapitre du cours est disponible sur le site du cours.
The bibliography of each separate chapter is available in the course notes. 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Bachelor in religious studies

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Minor in Christian Theology

Minor in Medieval Studies