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.

Unit code: BN2210T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Describe the context of the Corinthian church in the Greco-Roman world.


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


Articulate and critically assess different scholarly views on the theology of the Corinthian church which Paul is addressing.


Discuss exegetical issues for reading 1 Corinthians.


Assess the significance of the theology of 1 Corinthians for the contemporary church.

Unit sequence

Introductory unit in New Testament


Lectures, seminars, discussions


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay 1500 40.0

Thematic essay

2000 40.0

Online forums

1000 20.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2020-01-20 14:27:30 +1100