Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID60005022

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Pastoral and Social Theology (2013-today)

Registered students: 400
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course115

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The course Introduction to the Old Testament informs about content, formation, history and theology of the Old Testament By the end of this course students should be able to: • to offer written or oral comprehensive answers regarding the historical or philological issues and the theological focus of the individual books of the NT Canon • to trace down and analyze the factors that led to the composition of the NT texts and to the formation of the Canon • to develop their critical and analytical thought through the detection and the comprehension of the factors that led to the formation of the oral and written tradition of the early Church • to apply the acquired knowledge in the exegesis of NT texts / passages • to compare and connect the theological teaching of the NT texts with currents questions and discussions PRACTICE - to present comprehensively and thoroughly the history of the NT text - to connect particular witnesses of the manuscript tradition and of ancient translation to particular types of the NT text - to discern and explain the main symbols of the critical apparatus of a critical edition of the NT
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
THEORY The course offers a) basic information regarding the New Testament text and its history, the formation of the New Testament Canon, the editions and translations of the New Testament, and b) a short introduction to the books of the New Testament (outline and content, historical, philological and exegetical issues, theological message of each book) PRACTICE (NT text criticism) In the practical part of the course the following topics will be discussed: a) the history of the manuscript tradition of the NT text, b) its major witnesses, c) ancient and modern translations of the NT, d) the critical text of the NT (criteria, text types, editions etc.), and e) the concrete example of the critical edition of the NT by the Münster Nestle-Aland Institute. SCHEDULE THEORY 1st session (a) Introduction to the course – Historical review and content of the “Introduction to the NT” (b) What is the NT and which are the books that make it up (c) Before the NT text: a) the OT as the Scriptures of the early Church and b) the oral traditions about Jesus (δ) Aim and significance of the NT texts 2nd session (a) The Canon of the NT: history and theological significance (b) The non-canonical (“apocryphal”) texts and the “agrapha” (not written) words of Jesus 3rd session (a) The gospels: their genre, purpose and special features (b) The synoptic problem 4th session The synoptic gospels, Part 1: Mark and Matthew 5th session The synoptic gospels, Part 2: Luke The Gospel of John Comparison between John and the Synoptics 6th session Acts of the Apostles Paul in the Acts and in the epistles 7th session 1st & 2nd Thessalonians The question of ancient pseudepigraphy 8th session Galatians Romans 9th session 1st and 2nd Corinthians The Prison Epistles, Part 1: Philippians and Philemon 10th session The Prison Epistles, Part 2: Ephesians, Colossians The Pastorals 11th session Hebrews Catholic Epistles, Part 1: James, 1st & 2nd Peter 12th session Catholic Epistles, Part 2: 1st, 2nd & 3rd John, Jude 13th session The Book of Revelation Evaluation of the course by the class PRACTICE (NT TEXT CRITICISM) 1η meeting Introduction to the practical part of the course – technical information regarding it (tests, assessment methods etc) History of the manuscripts: material, typology of the manuscripts The role of the NT manuscripts in the ancient Church 2nd meeting The most important manuscripts of the NT text – Part 1: the papyri 3rd meeting The most important manuscripts of the NT text – Part 2: the main parchment majuscule codices (Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Alexandrinus, Beza, Ephraemi rescriptus etc) Intrduction to relative websites (e.g. the website of the Codex Sinaiticus Project) 4th meeting The most important manuscripts of the NT text – Part 3: the minuscule manuscripts Centres of critical editions of the NT text – websites of these projects (e.g. CSNTM, Nestle-Aland Virtual Library etc) 5th Principles and criteria of the critical editions of the NT text Exercises and examples 6th meeting Text types of the NT, Part 1 - Exercises and examples 7th meeting Text types of the NT, Part 2 – The Byzantine text type : Current trend in the research 8th meeting Ancient and modern translations of the NT NT translations into modern Greek 9th meeting Editions of the NT texts in Greece and abroad 10th meeting Introduction to the critical apparatus The case of the 27th critical edition by Nestle-Aland Exercises and examples 11th meeting The critical edition by Nestle-Aland: the symbols on the margins The symbols for the main witnesses of the manuscript tradition Exercises and examples 12th meeting The critical edition by Nestle-Aland: the symbols in the critical text and in the critical apparatus (Part 1) Exercises and examples 13th meeting The critical edition by Nestle-Aland: the symbols in the critical text and in the critical apparatus (Part 2) Exercises and examples
New Testament, text history, canon, manuscripts, text criticism, research history
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
  • Digitized manuscripts
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
• Class teaching utilizing audio-visual equipment (mostly Power Point Presentations/slides) • Electronic supplementary material and exercises provided at the Moodle-Education platform • Use of digitized manuscripts on the internet • Regular reviews of the material through tests and exercises that will be sent electronically
Course Organization
Reading Assigment953.8
Written assigments261.0
Written and oral exams30.1
Student Assessment
• Successful participation to the oral exam of the critical apparatus (practice part of the course): 20% of the final grade • Writing of two short assignments that are complementary to the material from the handbook: 20% of the final grade • Successful participation in the written exams of the course: 60% Presupposition for passing the exams is that the students have passed both the oral exams of the practice part of the course as well as the written exams of the theory part (i.e. the students have achieved grade 5 in both of them). In case that a student fails in one of these parts, she/he must repeat this part.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Written and oral exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Επιλογή 1: Iωάννη Δ. Καραβιδόπουλου, Εισαγωγή στην Καινή Διαθήκη, εκδ. Ostracon, Θεσσαλονίκη 2016 ISBN: 978-618-5146-32-0 (Κωδ. ΕΥΔΟΞΟΥ: 59374613) Επιλογή 2: Σ. Αγουρίδη, Εισαγωγή εις την Καινήν Διαθήκη, εκδ. Γρηγόρη, Αθήνα 31991 ISBN: 960-222-057-0 (Κωδ. ΕΥΔΟΞΟΥ: 3255)
Additional bibliography for study
Νοvum Testamentum Graece, 27η έκδοση, 2006. ISBN: 9783438051004 • Χ. Βούλγαρη, Εισαγωγή εις την Καινήν Διαθήκην, Ι-ΙΙ, Αθήνα 2005 • Ι. Παναγόπουλου, Εισαγωγή στην Καινή Διαθήκη, Αθήνα 1993 • Στ. Σάκκου, Εισαγωγή εις την Καινήν Διαθήκην, Θεσσαλονίκη 1984 • Π. Βασιλειάδη, Τα Λόγια του Ιησού. Το αρχαιότερο ευαγγέλιο, Αθήνα 2005 • Χ. Οικονόμου, Το πρόβλημα του τίτλου «Πράξεων των Αποστόλων», Θεσσαλονίκη 1988 • Γ. Γαλίτη, Η Χριστολογία του απ. Πέτρου. Μέρος Α’: Εισαγωγικόν, Μέρος Β’: Συστηματικόν, Αθήνα 1990 • Ι. Καραβιδόπουλου, «Το πρόβλημα της ψευδεπιγραφίας», ΔΒΜ 1978, 178-188 • C. Holladay, A Critical Introduction to the New Testament; Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ, Nashville 2005 • U. Schnelle, Einleitung in das Neue Testament, Göttingen 2005
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