This unit provides an in-depth study of a group of letters from the Pauline corpus which are explicitly associated with Paul’s imprisonment (Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians). The study of these letters will focus on the social and religious contexts out which the letters arise. It will examine the theology which emerges from each letter. Attention will also be paid to the question of authorship: whether Paul wrote all four or whether Colossians and Ephesians arise from a later context. The unit will consider the ways in which the letters address issues that are of continuing relevance for the life and mission of the church.

Unit Code: BN2310T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Critically interpret key aspects of Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians in the light of critical scholarship


Discuss, with exegetical support and consideration of a range of secondary scholarship, the rhetoric and theology of the four letters in their context.


Provide a critically informed account of sections in the letters which explore the relationship between theological conviction, ecclesial identity, and missional practice.


Demonstrate an understanding of hermeneutical principles in relation to the interpretation of early Christian letters.

Unit sequence

Introductory unit in NT


Lectures and seminars or similar.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2,500 word exegetical essay

0 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

2,500 word thematic essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 11 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-27 13:04:23 +1100