This unit will study the foundation of the Corinthian Community by Paul and the history of its relationship with the Apostle, and its pastoral problems as they emerge from the Corinthian Correspondence. It will include an exegetical and thematic study of 1-2 Corinthians focusing on Paul’s theological and pastoral responses to the issues that arose at Corinth. Paul is in dialogue with his own Jewish tradition, the community of Corinth, the first century world of the Roman Empire, and his own experience. The problems faced in Corinth helped Paul to articulate new maps of time, space and people as these communities learned how to be Christian as they awaited the Lord’s return.

Unit code: BN2010Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Engage in the exegesis of specific texts from 1-2 Corinthians, making use of appropriate methodologies


Explain Paul’s response to the specific challenges and problems faced by the Corinthian communities


Demonstrate understanding of the social, political and religious context of the Corinthian community


Investigate, analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant secondary literature.

Unit sequence

BA1020Y and BN1020Y or the equivalent


Lectures and class discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bailey, Kenneth E. Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011.
  • Barnett, Paul W. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997.
  • Ciampa, Roy E., and Brian S. Rosner, The First Letter to the Corinthians. Pillar New Testament commentaries. Grand Rapids, MI and Nottingham: Eerdmans, Apollos, 2010.
  • Collins, Raymond F. 1st Corinthians. Sacra Pagina 7. Collegeville, MN: Glazier, 1999. (recommended for purchase)
  • Finney, Mark T. Honour and conflict in the ancient world: 1 Corinthians in its Greco-Roman Setting. LNTS 460. New York: T & T Clark, 2012.
  • Gorman, Michael J. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
  • Meeks, Wayne. The First Urban Christians. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1983.
  • Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome, Keys to First Corinthians: Revising the Major Issues. Oxford: University Press, 2009.
  • Neyrey, Jerome H. Paul, in Other Words: A Cultural Reading of his Letters. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1990.
  • Roetzel, Calvin J. 2 Corinthians. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2007.
  • Talbert, Charles H. Reading Corinthians. A Literary and Theological Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. New York, NY: Crossroad, 1987.
  • Witherington, Ben. New Testament Rhetoric: An Introductory Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament. Eugene,OR: Cascade, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2500 word essay

2500 60.0
Exegetical Essay

2000 word exegetical paper

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000