This unit will examine the call of the church to participate in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus according to Paul’s letters. The students will study key passages in Romans, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians and other Pauline letters concerning the call of the church to be conformed to the crucified Christ. The unit will explore the concept of participation in Christ and its interrelationship with the mission of the church in the Pauline corpus. More specifically, the unit will survey the outworking of the corporate life of cruciform Christ-communities in the first century, which includes hospitality, multi-ethnic harmony, economic justice, peace-making, faithful witness and the embodiment of the justice of God in the context of the Roman Empire.

Unit Code: BN9009W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate Paul’s understanding of conformity with the crucified Christ and its relationship to the call and mission of the church.


Critically analyse relevant texts in the Pauline corpus in their rhetorical and socio-historical context.


Identify and articulate elements of Pauline thought and teaching that are interconnected with participation in Christ’s death and resurrection


Critically evaluate, through independent research, the concept of “participation in Christ” in view of recent developments in Pauline scholarship


Reflect critically on the implications of the Pauline concept of conformity with the crucified Christ for the mission of the church today.

Unit sequence

Foundational unit in New Testament (BN8001W or equivalent)


Lectures, discussion, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,000-word thematic tutorial paper

1000 20.0
Exegetical Essay

2,500-word exegetical essay

2500 40.0

2,500-word thematic essay

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-04 10:57:56 +1100