Certificate and Diploma in New Testament Studies.
(Previously 'Listening to the Word')
Commences in the Autumn Term.
The Certificate in New Testament Studies is a two year part-time, distance learning course. Each module focuses upon one or more of the books of the New Testament. The Diploma in New Testament Studies is a further,one-year, part-time, collaborative learning course building upon the Certificate work and completing the study of the New Testament.
The Course studies the scriptures in the light of the Church's teaching expressed in Dei Verbum and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. As well as introducing the usual scholarly approaches to the New Testament texts the course locates texts within the unity of the whole of scripture and examines the place of the New Testament texts within the Tradition of the Church.
The Certificate and Diploma courses can be studied at home on one's own, or as part of a local group. Three residential weekends each year support those undertaking the course.
Course content and structure
For the Certificate, six course modules are studied, focusing upon the Gospels and the development of the early Church through Acts and the early letters of St Paul:
- The Gospel of St Luke.
- Acts of the Apostles.
- 1 & 2 Thessalonians and 1 & 2 Corinthians.
- The Gospel of St Matthew.
- The Gospel of St Mark
- The Gospel of St John
The Diploma course, structured around three modules, completes the study of the New Testament. The first two modules examine the developing apostolic Church, focusing on Romans and Galatians; Peter, James and Jude. The course concludes with the option of studying either The Letter to the Hebrews or The Book of Revelation.
A short piece of written work is presented at the end of each module in both courses.
The Certificate Course requires about forty minutes study per day, 5 days a week.
The Diploma Course requires about one hour study per day, 5 days a week.
- A copy of the Scriptures - either the RSV, the NRSV or The New Jerusalem Bible.
- A copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- A copy of a short New Testament commentary.
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Single modules are available for those wishing to study at their own pace.Click here to download an application form for single modules.
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