Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID60005056

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

Registered students: 278
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course325

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
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 (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
By the successful completion of the course the students should be able
  • to analyze in a critical way and study in comparison with the contemporary literature an Epistle of the New Testament, based on the literary characteristics of the text
  • to follow the ways of approach and exegesis to the Epistles of St Paul and to point out the main features of the Pauline literature
  • to implement the practice of the exegesis and the interpretation of the New Testament text by using the patristic hermeneutics and the appropriate modern hermeneutical methods
  • to locate the points of correlation and exploitation of the textual message for the modern human being and to actualize the text

By the end of this course students should be able: to detect the various literary forms and traditions in the Gospels and to recognize the socio-historical circumstances that led to the formation and transmission of various traditions about Jesus to compare parallel passages to each other and the NT texts to the texts of the environment of the early Christianity to analyze selected passages in a critical way and with the help of the patristic exegetical tradition as well as of the contemporary exegetical methods following particular exegetical steps to compare and associate the theological message of these texts to modern issues (actualization)
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course of the New Testament exegesis informs about the object, the methodology and the purpose of the discipline of the Exegesis and it is divided into two parts: a) Exegesis of the Epistles of the New Testament, and b) Exegesis of the Synoptic Gospels.
The first part focuses on the Epistle to the Galatians. The introductory data of the Epistle are presented, also the socio-historical data of the era, into which the situation of the addressees is fallen and which are relative to the subjects of the Epistle. An exegesis of the text is applied and, in parallel, an interpretation and a theological development of its meanings. The patristic hermeneutical method is used basically for the interpretation in combination with modern hermeneutical methods, as the case.
  1. 1. In general, for the discipline of the New Testament Exegesis. The Epistle as a literary genre. Introduction issues of the Epistle to the Galatians.
  2. 2. Letter opening, Gal. 1:1-5. The sender, the recipients, the salutation. The cause of writing the epistle, Gal. 1:6-11.
  3. 3. Narration of the events connected with the cause of the writing, Gal. 1:13-2:14. Autobiography, Apostolic Council, conflict with Peter at Antioch.
  4. 4. The points of agreement and disagreement with Paul’s opponents, Gal. 2:15-21. The apostle’s denial of the charge against him.
  5. 5. The apostle’s argumentation, Gal. 3:1-4:31. The evidence of the experience and the evidence of the Scripture. The allegory/typology of Sarrah and Agar.
  6. 6. Exhortation to the Galatians for accepting Christ’s grace which gives the freedom, Gal. 5:1-6:10.
  7. 7. Letter closing, Gal. 6:11-18. Recapitulation, anger against the opponents, self-description of the apostle as a representative of the crucified Christ, appeal to the Galatians for walking according Jesus Christ’s rule.

EXEGESIS OF THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS During the second part of the course the focus will be on the exegesis of passages from the Synoptic Gospels. Investigation / comparison of their particularities (language, style, tradition and theological focus) in the three Synoptics. Reference to the patristic exegetical tradition and to the contemporary exegetical methods. There will be the following teaching units: 1. Introduction to the interpretation method of the Gospels 2. Diachronic and synchronic approaches to the text - Exegetical steps – the course of the interpretation of a gospel passage. 3. Gospel prologues: exegetical observations and theological conclusions 4. The parables of the Synoptics: main features and history of their interpretation. 5. Exegetical examples (1): the parable of the Sower, the parable of the weeds and the parable of the mustard seed 6. Exegetical examples (2): the parable of the two sons, and the parable of the prodigal son. 7. Exegetical examples (3): the parable of the 10 virgins, parable of the Last Judgement 8. The miracles in the synoptic tradition: main features and types. Motifs and themes. Comparison to the miracles in the Gospel of John 9. Exegetical examples (1): exorcisms 10. Exegetical examples (2): raisings and healings - particular features in Mark's Gospel 11. Exegetical examples (3): gift miracles and nature miracles 12. The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel 13. The endings of the Synoptic Gospels – The Passion and Resurrection narratives.
New Testament Exegesis, Synoptic Gospels, Pauline Epistles, Graeco-Roman world.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
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
Class teaching utilizing audio-visual equipment (mostly Power Point Presentations/slides.
Electronic supplementary material and exercises provided at the Moodle e-Education platform.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment180.7
Student Assessment

A two-hour written examination by questions for a short development of taught issues.
The presentation of books and articles or the written assignment is assesed in addition (20%)
The classroom participation and the homework is assessed positively.


  • Written exams: 80% of the final grade
  • Submission of a short essay (the topic will be given by the lecturer): 20% of the final grade. The written assignment should have a length between 5 to 10 pages
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
  1. Επιλογή Συγγραμμάτων
    α) Βιβλίο [77116803]: Προς Γαλάτας. Ο καινούργιος λαός του Θεού, Κυριακούλα Παπαδημητρίου
  2. β) Σημειώσεις σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή

    Σημειώσεις που θα αναρτηθούν στη σελίδα του μαθήματος στο blackboard.
Additional bibliography for study
  1. Ιωάννου Χρυσοστόμου, Υπόμνημα εις την προς Γαλάτας Επιστολήν, PG 61, 611-682.
  2. Π. Τρεμπέλα, Υπόμνημα εις τας Επιστολάς της Καινής Διαθήκης, ΣΩΤΗΡ, Αθήνα 2003.
  3. Η προς Γαλάτας Επιστολή του αποστόλου Παύλου. Προβλήματα μεταφραστικά, φιλολογικά, ιστορικά, ερμηνευτικά, θεολογικά, Εισηγήσεις Η΄συνάξεως Ορθοδόξων Βιβλικών Θεολόγων, Θεσσαλονίκη: Πουρναράς, 1997.
  4. H. D. Betz, Galatians: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Churches in Galatia, Hermeneia, Philadelphia: Fortress, 1979.
  5. F. F. Bruce, The Epistle to the Galatians: A Commentary on the Greek Text, New International Greek Testament Commentary, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982.
  6. P. Oakes, Galatians, ΠΑΙΔΕΙΑ paideia. Commentaries on the New Testament, Grand Rapids-Michigan: Baker Academic 2015.
  7. Β. J. Malina and J. J. Pilch, Social-Science Commentary on the Letters of Paul, Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2006.

  1. Π. Βασιλειάδη, Τα Λόγια του Ιησού. Το αρχαιότερο ευαγγέλιο, Αθήνα 2005.
  2. Το κατά Ματθαίον Ευαγγέλιο. Προβλήματα μεταφραστικά, φιλολογικά, ιστορικά, ερμηνευτικά, θεολογικά. Εισηγήσεις Ζ΄ Συνάξεως Ορθοδόξων Βιβλικών Θεολόγων (Βουκουρέστι, Σεπτ. 1993), Aθήνα 1996.
  3. Σ. Αγουρίδη, Ματθαίος ο Ευαγγελιστής, εκδ. 2η, Αθήνα 2010.
  4. Σ. Αγουρίδη, Η επί του Όρους Ομιλία του Ιησού. Εισαγωγικά – Σύντομο Υπόμνημα, Αθήνα 2010.
  5. Το κατά Λουκάν Ευαγγέλιο. Προβλήματα μεταφραστικά, φιλολογικά, ιστορικά, ερμηνευτικά, θεολογικά. Εισηγήσεις Ι΄ Συνάξεως Ορθοδόξων Βιβλικών Θεολόγων. Βόλος 2003.
  6. Α. Yarbro Collins, Mark (Hermeneia), Minneapolis 2007.
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