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, and the theology which emerges from them. Attention will be also 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: BN9319T
Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit Discipline: New Testament
Delivery Mode: Online
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this Unit is running
Critically interpret key aspects of Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians in the light of critical scholarship
Discuss, with exegetical support and consideration of a range of secondary scholarship, the rhetoric and theology of the four letters in their context.
Demonstrate an awareness of the issues involved in the question of the authorship of the letters.
Provide a critically informed account of sections in the letters which explore the relationship between theological conviction, ecclesial identity, and missional practice.
Demonstrate an understanding of hermeneutical principles in relation to the interpretation of early Christian letters.
30 points of NT study
6 fortnightly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online forums and tasks.
2,500 word exegetical essay
2,500 word thematic essay
Online tutorial engagement across 6 forums (equivalent to 1,000 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Nov, 2015
Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-11 12:19:53 +1100