MPhil in New Testament Studies

Please consult the official ‘Grey Book’ (Exam Regulations) as well as the Faculty Handbook. There is also a selection of recent exam papers on OXAM.

Essays and the dissertation are supervised by individual arrangement, normally beginning by the Hilary Term of the first year. The two examined papers for the degree are taught through tutorial classes as follows.

A1: The Gospels and Acts (Michaelmas Term, Year 1)

Prescribed Texts in Greek: Mark 1-16 and Luke 9-24.  

Weekly tutorials will be at 12 noon on Wednesdays in Prof. Bockmuehl’s room (WL2) at Keble, except in week 4 when we will meet instead at 12 on Friday (Nov 2).

Prescribed Texts in Greek: Mark 1-16 and Luke 9-24.  See below for essay titles and initial suggested reading for each essay topic. (NB many articles and books are available electronically via SOLO.) You are encouraged to range beyond the bibliographies provided.

1 Introduction: Tutorials, Essays, Gobbets, Collections and Exams. To prepare, please read through the prescribed texts in Greek (or English). 
2 Did Mark’s Gospel fail or succeed?
3 What Does Matthew’s Jesus want?
4 For Luke, who is ‘the Lord’ and why does he die?
5 How closely linked is Luke’s Gospel with Acts?
6 “For John’s Gospel, God died that we might be made gods.” Discuss.
7 Does the Fourth Gospel make sense without the Prologue (and/or 1 John)?
8 Gobbets Practice; Q&A

A2: Epistles and Revelation (Hilary Term, Year 1)

Prescribed Texts in Greek: Galatians; Hebrews; Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians (in The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, ed. & trans. Michael W. Holmes (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 202-213).

Tutorials TBC, probably with Prof. Strawbridge. Preliminary essay titles and reading lists are here.


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