Students will develop an understanding of significant historical, geographical, social, cultural and religious factors for the interpretation of Pauline letters, and become familiar with the social setting, literary structure, key theological ideas, and purpose of the letters. Students will engage in close exegetical study of one or more Pauline letters. This unit allows students to apply their knowledge of NT Greek to interpreting letters of Paul. In the process they will acquire necessary exegetical skills for interpreting biblical texts.

Unit Code: BN3211L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Translate accurately and explain the Greek text of selected passages


Demonstrate basic exegetical skills


Demonstrate familiarity with Paul’s life and career, and the social setting and historical, literary, theological and rhetorical features of Pauline letters


Summarise key theological themes of one or more Paul letters


Analyse and interpret selected texts in a way that displays the consolidation and integration of advanced exegetical skills.

Unit sequence

New Testament Introduction or equivalent New Testament Greek A and B are recommended


The unit will combine lectures with exegetical workshops and class presentations


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Mini-exegesis papers, 2 x 750 words

1500 30.0

Final Exegetical paper 3500 words

3500 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 00:06:42 +1100