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This unit provides an in-depth study of a group of letters from the Pauline corpus which are explicitly associated with Paul’s imprisonment (Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians). The study of these letters will focus on the social and religious contexts out which the letters arise. It will examine the theology which emerges from each letter. Attention will also be paid to the question of authorship: whether Paul wrote all four or whether Colossians and Ephesians arise from a later context. The unit will consider the ways in which the letters address issues that are of continuing relevance for the life and mission of the church.

Unit Code: BN2319T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Critically interpret key aspects of Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians in the light of critical scholarship

2.

Discuss, with exegetical support and consideration of a range of secondary scholarship, the rhetoric and theology of the four letters in their context.

3.

Provide a critically informed account of sections in the letters which explore the relationship between theological conviction, ecclesial identity, and missional practice.

4.

Demonstrate an understanding of hermeneutical principles in relation to the interpretation of early Christian letters.

Unit sequence

Introductory unit in NT

Pedagogy

6 fortnightly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online forums and tasks

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

2,000 word exegetical essay

40.0

2,000 word thematic essay

40.0

Online tutorial engagement across 6 forums (equivalent to 1,000 words)

20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 11 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-27 13:13:22 +1100