This unit will introduce and investigate the theology of the apostle Paul, and its relationship to his ethical teaching. You will explore the core theological ideas that lead Paul to the articulations of Christian faith and practice that we find in his letters. You will consider the strengths and weaknesses of different accounts of Paul’s theology and will learn how they relate to contemporary theological and ethical issues, including debates about questions of identity, race, gender and political engagement. By studying Paul’s letters in detail, you will gain a deeper understanding of the development of early Christian theology and its relevance for today.

Unit Code: BN3129P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain, with reference to key primary texts, the relationships between the main theological and ethical ideas in the Pauline letters.


Discuss and account for the relationship between theological ideas and ethical instructions through exegesis of a specific text.


Critique a number of the most important scholarly debates about the central ideas and overall coherence of Paul’s theology.


Assess the importance of Paul’s theology and ethics for Christian theology and practice today.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite: one unit of introductory New Testament study: BN1000P/BN2000P/BN1009P/BN2009P or equivalent.


Lectures for this unit will be provided in the classroom and captured and supplemented by pre-recorded video material accessible to both face to face and online students.

Seminars relating to the interpretation of key texts from the Pauline letters will be held in the classroom and/or through real-time online conference.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Exegesis (2000 words)

0 40.0

Essay (3000 words)

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-04 10:27:27 +1100