History of the New Testament era

Course Information
TitleΙστορία Χρόνων Καινής Διαθήκης / History of the New Testament era
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID600012848

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students will be able to: - describe the world of the early Christian communities and of the NT - use this data n order to understand and interpret the NT - compare these facts from the NT period to contemporaries situations and draw conclusions
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course will focus on the political, cultural, and social background of the early Christian communities and well as of the NT books. 1) Introduction: the research field of the NT History and its significance, 2) Basic historical information of the period 2nd c. BC - beg. 2nd c. AD, 3) Economy of Palestine, 4) Social stratification and family, 5) Temple and priesthood, 6) Synagogue, 7) Jews of Diaspora, 8) Political organization of the Roman world, 9) The emperor and imperial cult, 10) Economy, 11) Social stratification, 12) Family and city, 13) cults and thiasoi
history of the NT period, Palestine, Roman empire
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
- Communication with the students by e-mail - digitized material for the study and evaluation of the students on moodle - use of powerpoint presentation in teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities40.2
Written assigments261.0
Student Assessment
Written assigment (30% of the final grade) Analysis of texts in the class (10% of the final grade) Oral exams (60% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Additional bibliography for study
- Σ. Αγουρίδης, Ιστορία των Χρόνων της Καινής Διαθήκης, Πουρνάρας, Θεσσαλονίκη 1985 - Γ. Γαλίτης, Ιστορία εποχής της Καινής Διαθήκης, Θεσσαλονίκη 1991 - J. Green / L.M. McDonald, The World of the New Testament, Baker Publ. House, Grand Rapids 2013 - K.C. Hanson / P. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts, Fortress Press, 2008 - J.S. Jeffers, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity, IVP Academic 1999
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