The New Testament Foundations of Ignatian Spirituality

The New Testament Foundations of Ignatian Spirituality
Starts from:Mon, February 24, 2020 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • FIELD B Jesuit College of Spirituality is offering a unit in Field B. The unit is cross-coded in two fields and three disciplines.
Class Description

BS8031J / BN8031J / DS8031J is the face-to-face class

BS8039J / BN8039J / DS8039J is the online class (Online students will be able to view the lectures within 48 hours after the weekly class with recordings available on ARK).

This unit is designed to develop in the students an ability to engage in an informed critical reading of New Testament texts as sacred scripture. It aims to enable students to broaden and deepen their engagement with the New Testament in a spirit of open and critical inquiry by drawing on a wide range of exegetical tools of interpretation. Students will also learn to evaluate and relate the literature of the New Testament, its literary forms and historical setting, as well as its representation of God, to the literature, literary forms and representation of God in the Spiritual Exercises.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Describe, explain and apply a variety of contemporary interpretative methods to Biblical texts.
  2. Interpret and appreciate the literature of the New Testament, its literary forms and historical setting, as well its representation(s) of Jesus Christ, Son of God.
  3. Use a variety of interpretive techniques (such as the historical critical and literary readings of the texts) to evaluate ways they can optimise the use of scriptural texts when reflecting on and interpreting contemporary spiritual experience.
  4. Analyse and evaluate (through scholarly engagement with some of the key texts in the New Testament), the uses of key scriptural texts when giving or receiving the Spiritual Exercises.
  5. Identify, interpret, and offer scholarly commentary on, the ways in which Ignatius adopted and applied sacred scripture in the Spiritual Exercises.


Dr Sarah Cook


Tuesday morning in Semester 1

First class commences on 25th February 2020


9:30am to 12:30pm, Tuesday's during Semester 1


Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Nadal Classroom


For academic credit                       $2,640

Not for academic credit                $1,320


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Brown, S., and Moloney, F. J. Interpreting the Gospel and the Letters of John: An Introduction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.

Byrne, B. Freedom in the Spirit: An Ignatian Retreat with Saint Paul. New York: Paulist Press, 2016.

Byrne, B. Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004.

Byrne, B. A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark’s Gospel. Strathfield: St Pauls Publications, 2008.

Dunn, J. D. G. The Theology of Paul the Apostle. London: T&T Clark, 1998.

Johnson, L. T. The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Levine, A. J. The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2006.

Moloney, F. J. The Living Voice of the Gospels. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006.bor

Perkins, P. Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. New York: Paulist Press, 2012.

Sanders, E. P. Paul: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

  • Sarah Cook


    Dr Sarah Cook is the Student Engagement Officer at Jesuit College of Spirituality. She has a PhD in New Testament Studies from Australian Catholic University. Her research has focused on the Gospels of Mark and Matthew in the context of early church debat...