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

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2,000 word essay

0 50.0

1,500 word report

0 30.0
Written Examination

1 hour written examination

0 20.0

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