Aspects of Exegesis and Theology of the New Testament Epistles and the Acts of the Apostles.

Course Information
TitleΕρμηνευτικά και θεολογικά ζητήματα των Επιστολών και των Πράξεων των Αποστόλων. / Aspects of Exegesis and Theology of the New Testament Epistles and the Acts of the Apostles.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID600015720

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
COREElective CoursesWinter-10
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)3210
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
Applied TheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type Of Offer
  • Disciplinary Course
Course Type 2021
Specialization / Direction
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Degree of Theology or of other university school
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students: (a) will have acquired a critical and in depth knowledge of the Acts and the NT epistles and the they will be able to describe coherently and clearly the problems that are related to them as well as to suggest solutions (b) will be able to distinguish among the various sources of these texts and to explain their interrelation (c) will be able to discern the particular theological themes and motifs of these texts and to explain their role withing the argumentation of each book (d) will be able to describe the process of reception of main theological themes in each book
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course deals with the redaction history, the interpretation and the theological teaching of the Acts and of the epistles of the New Testament. More concretely, the content of the course will be as follows: 1) Acts of the Apostles: introduction and the discussion about their sources, 2) Paul in the Acts, 3) Aspects of theology of the Book of Acts, 4) History and theology in the Acts, 5) Paul's letters and the previous apostolic tradition, 6) Paul's letters as intertexts, 7) History of research of the Pauline letters, 8) Main aspects of Paul's teaching: Christology and Anthropology, 9) Main aspects of Paul's teaching: Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology, 10) Paul's reception in the deutero-Pauline letters, 11) Theological topics in the deutero-Pauline letters, 12) Catholic epistles: the reception of Jesus' teaching and intertextuality, 13) Main theological topics in the Catholic epistles
New Testament, interpretation, history of research
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (especially powerpoint and video clips) Supplementary material, additional data and exercises / tests on e-learning Use of audio-visual material on the web Communication and research counseling through e-mails and zoom
Course Organization
Reading Assigment91
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities20
Written assigments80
Student Assessment
- Participation in the course meetings and preparation of the assigned material (30% of the final grade) - Written assignment on a topic related to the course. The topics will be announced on the webpage on moodle. The written assignment must conform to the rules of a written essay as they are described in the document that will be uploaded on the webpage on moodle(70% of the final grade)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
- Craig Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, 4 τόμοι, Baker Academic, 2012 εξ. - Jacob Jervell, The Theology of the Acts of the Apostles (New Testament Theology), Cambridge University Press, 1996 • Χ.Γ. Ατζματζίδης, Από τη βιβλική έρευνα στην πίστη της Εκκλησίας. Συνοπτική θεολογία της Καινής Διαθήκης, Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010 • Π. Βασιλειάδης, Παύλος. Τομές στη θεολογία του Α΄, Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004 • Χ. Καρακόλης, Αμαρτία – Βάπτισμα – Χάρις (Ρωμ 6, 1-14). Συμβολή στην Παύλεια Σωτηριολογία (ΒΒ 25), Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002 • J. Dunn, The Theology of Paul the Apostle, Eerdmans, 2006 • N.T. Wright, Paul: In Fresh Perspective, Fortress Press 2009 • J. Dunn, The New Perspective on Paul, Eerdmans 2007 • O. Hofius, Η αλήθεια του ευαγγελίου. Συναγωγή καινοδιαθηκικών μελετών, Άρτος Ζωής, Αθήνα 2012 • A. Thiselton, The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and his Thought, SPCK, London 2009 • M. Zetterholm, Approaches to Paul. A Student’s Guide to Recent Scholarship, Fortress Press, Minneapolis 2009 • S. Moyise, Evoking Scripture. Seeing the Old Testament in the New, T & T Clark, London 2008 • F. Watson, Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles. Beyond the New Perspective, Eerdmans, Michigan / Cambridge 2007 • R.B. Hays, Echoes of Scriptue in the Letters of Paul, Yale University Press, New Haven & London 1989 • M. Hengel, the Pre-Christian Paul, SCMP, London 1991 • A. du Toit, Focusing on Paul. Persuasion and Theological Design in Romans and Galatians (BZNTW 151). De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2007 • H. Boers, Christ in the Letters of Paul. In Place of a Christology (BZNTW 140), de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2006 • K. Haacker, The Theology of Paul’s Letter to the Romans (New Testament Theology), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2003 • F. Hahn, Theologie des Neuen Testaments. Bd. I: Die Vielfalt des Neuen Testaments. Bd. II: Die Einheit des Neuen Testaments (UTB 3500), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 32011
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