Philological and Historical Questions of the New Testament.

Course Information
TitleΦιλολογικά και ιστορικά ζητήματα της Καινής Διαθήκης. / Philological and Historical Questions of the New Testament.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKyriakoula Papademetriou
Course ID600015705

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 10
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)1110
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization1110
Applied TheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization1110

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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 (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the course is to provide students with a special knowledge of the literary study of the New Testament, such as the historic-critical, literary, and translational issues of the text. In addition, students will learn through the study of sources (literary, historical and archaeological) aspects of the cultural and religious environment of the first Christian communities and will learn to analyze comparatively the historical and sociological issues of the time. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: • identify and analyze philological issues of the New Testament • use and make critical use of literary tools and the relevant methods of the New Testament text, such as dictionaries, grammars, and translations • can analyze critically ancient sources and use their information in the interpretation of the New Testament text
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)
(Kyriakoula Papademetriou:) 1. The philology of the New Testament. 2. The New Testament and the literature of the era. 3. Historic-critical issues of the New Testament. 4. Translational issues of the New Testament. 5. (a) Presentation of representative books and studies. (b) Attendance of the scientific colloquium of the PMS “Exegeticum-Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology. (Aikaterini Tsalampouni :) 6. Exploitation of ancient sources in the New Testament study: methodological issues 7. Archaeology and New Testament 8. Inscriptions and New Testament 9. (a) Visit to archaeological sites/museums and field work (b) Attendance of the scientific colloquium of the PMS “Exegeticum-Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology. (Apostolos Kralidis :) 10. Pax Romana and the New Testament: issues of political ideology and theology in the 1st century. A.D. 11. Cults in the Roman Empire and New Testament 12. (a) Presentation of special studies (books, papers, and articles) (b) Attendance of the scientific colloquium of the PMS “Exegeticum-Seminar of Orthodox Hermeneutical Theology. 13. The contribution of the New Testament study to Humanities studies.
New Testament, New Testament philology, historic-critical method, translation of New Testament, New Testament archaeology, religions of Graeco-Roman times
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
Electronic supplementary material and exercises provided at the Moodle e-Education platform.
Educational use of the e-mail.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment25
Written assigments25
Student Assessment
Written assignments (70%). Oral examination in the assignment (30%).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
1. New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, vols 1-10, Ancient History Documentary Research Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney-Australia. 2. Fr. Montanari, Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Ελληνικής Λογοτεχνίας, Από τον 8ο αι. π.Χ. έως τον 6ο αι. μ.Χ., επιμ. Δ. Ιακώβ-Αντ. Ρεγκάκος, Θεσσαλονίκη: University Studio Press, 2008. 3. Άννα Κόλτσιου-Νικήτα, Μεταφραστικά ζητήματα στην ελληνόφωνη και λατινόφωνη χριστιανική γραμματεία, Θεσσαλονίκη: University Studio Press, 2009. 4. Σ. Αγουρίδης, Ιστορία των Χρόνων της Καινής Διαθήκης, Πουρνάρας, Θεσσαλονίκη 1985. 5. Γ. Γαλίτης, Ιστορία εποχής της Καινής Διαθήκης, Θεσσαλονίκη 1991. 6. J. Green / L.M. McDonald, The World of the New Testament, Baker Publ. House, Grand Rapids 2013. 7. K.C. Hanson / P. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus: Social Structures and Social Conflicts, Fortress Press, 2008. 8. J.S. Jeffers, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity, IVP Academic 1999. 9. Warren Carter, The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide, Nashville 2006. 10. Adrian Goldsworthy, Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World, Yale University Press, 2016. 11. Richard A. Horsley, Paul and the Roman Imperial Order, London-New York 2004. 12. Seyoon Kim, Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke, Michigan/Cambridge U.K. 2008. 13. Hans-Josef Klauck, The Religious Context of Early Christianity: A Guide to Graeco-Roman Religions (Studies of the New Testament and Its World), T. & T. Clark Publishers, Ltd. 2000.
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