This unit involves a detailed study of Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. It focuses especially on Paul's perception of the problems arising in the life of the young church in Corinth, and his responses to them. It explores Paul’s relationship with his churches, including Corinth, and examines the way his theology adapts itself to new situations and new contexts. The specific context of the church in Corinth is explored and different scholarly opinions canvassed. The unit explores the nature of Paul’s theology in 1 Corinthians, including its relationship to 2 Corinthians and the other Pauline writings, along with the question of its ongoing relevance for the context of the church today. Attention to the Greek text, where available, or to a variety of English translations, is encouraged.
Unit Code: BN9219T
Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit Discipline: New Testament
Delivery Mode: Online
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this Unit is running
Describe the context of the Corinthian church in the arena of the Greco-Roman world and the significance of this for interpreting the text.
Articulate the theological issues raised in 1 Corinthians by the church and Paul’s responses to them.
Critically assess different scholarly views on the theology of the Corinthian church which Paul is addressing.
Discuss the exegetical issues and methods for reading 1 Corinthians.
Appraise the theology of 1 Corinthians and articulate and critique selected contemporary understandings of its significance for the contemporary church.
Evaluate textual and translation issues as they effect the interpretation of the Epistle
1 Foundation unit in New Testament
Reading material, video material, online tutorial discussions
Exegetical essay of 3000 words
Thematic essay of 3000 words
Forums, equivalent of 1,000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 8 Oct, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-21 14:19:55 +1100