This unit focuses on the undisputed letters of Paul and what they reveal to us about the apostle, his co-workers, his mission, the communities he addresses and his theology within the context of Second Temple Judaism and the first century Greco-Roman world. Insights to Paul’s strategies to build sustainable faith communities, support local leadership, expand broader networks and secure identity in Christ are explored. Relevant engagement with the disputed letters and the Acts of the Apostles will be made as appropriate. This unit will encourage theological discussion of the legacy of Paul for the church today.

Unit code: BN2200C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Discuss the importance of Paul’s correspondence to the growth of the early church


Demonstrate the influence of the context of Paul’s writing on its meaning


Examine passages from Paul’s letters using basic exegetical skills


Articulate key theological themes of Paul’s letters and their relevance to the life of the church today.

Unit sequence

BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent


Lectures and Focus Text Workshops

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bassler, Jouette M. Navigating Paul: An Introduction to Key Theological Concepts. London: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
  • Byrne, Brendan. Galatians and Romans. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • Dunn, James D. G., ed. The Cambridge Companion to St Paul. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • ———. The Theology of Paul the Apostle. London: T & T Clark, 2003.
  • Elliott, Neil, and Mark Reasoner, eds. Documents and Images for the Study of Paul. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Hooker, Morna D. Paul: A Short Introduction. Oxford: Oneworld, 2003.
  • Horrell, David G. An Introduction to the Study of Paul. 3rd ed. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
  • Longenecker, Bruce W., and Todd D. Still. Thinking Through Paul: An Introduction to His Life, Letters and Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014.
  • Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome. Paul: A Critical Life. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.
  • Sampley, J. Paul, ed. Paul in the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2003.
  • Wright, N. T. Paul: In Fresh Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,000 word essay

0 50.0
Written Examination

1 hour written examination

0 20.0

1,500 word report

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-02-27 09:11:19 +1100