This unit explores Paul’s letter to the Roman house churches in the context of mid-first century life in the Imperial Capital. It focuses on Paul’s theology of suffering and how his rhetoric addresses the situation of the urban population of Rome, generating hope for those from many nations enslaved in the service of the powerful. The Gospel of the righteousness (justice) of God revealed through Jesus Christ for Jews and Gentiles will be read and interpreted in the context of recent reconstructions of life in Imperial Rome.

Unit Code: BN2033W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the major interpretations of Romans in Pauline scholarship, especially in relation to suffering and justice


Describe and defend a plausible socio-political and cultural setting for the Roman house ekklesiai


Outline a reasonable rhetorical structure and strategy for Paul’s letter to Rome


Exegete selected texts from Romans competently (with a focus on chapters 5–8 and 12–16), employing a range of appropriate exegetical methodologies to write an exegetical essay in an appropriate form

Unit sequence

First-level introductory unit in New Testament (BN1001W or equivalent)


lectures, discussion, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1,000 word seminar paper

0 25.0

1,000 word thematic essay

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

2,000-word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-19 13:23:39 +1100