This unit involves a detailed study of Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. It focuses especially on Paul's perception of the problems arising in the life of the young church in Corinth, and his responses to them. It explores Paul’s relationship with his churches, including Corinth, and examines the way his theology adapts itself to new situations and new contexts. The specific context of the church in Corinth is explored and different scholarly opinions canvassed. The unit explores the nature of Paul’s theology in 1 Corinthians, including its relationship to 2 Corinthians and the other Pauline writings, along with the question of its ongoing relevance for the context of the church today. Attention to the Greek text, where available, or to a variety of English translations, is encouraged.

Unit Code: BN9219T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the context of the Corinthian church in the arena of the Greco-Roman world and the significance of this for interpreting the text.


Articulate the theological issues raised in 1 Corinthians by the church and Paul’s responses to them.


Critically assess different scholarly views on the theology of the Corinthian church which Paul is addressing.


Discuss the exegetical issues and methods for reading 1 Corinthians.


Appraise the theology of 1 Corinthians and articulate and critique selected contemporary understandings of its significance for the contemporary church.


Evaluate textual and translation issues as they effect the interpretation of the Epistle

Unit sequence

1 Foundation unit in New Testament


Reading material, video material, online tutorial discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Thematic essay

3000 40.0
Exegetical Essay 3000 40.0

Forums, equivalent of 1,000 words

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Carolyn Alsen on 17 Jan, 2020

Unit Record last updated: 2020-01-20 14:26:58 +1100