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: BN3200C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify strategic methods employed by Paul in his correspondence that contributed to the growth of the early church


Analyse the influence of the context of Paul’s writing on its meaning


Critically examine passages from Paul’s letters using detailed exegesis


Reflect theologically on the key themes of Paul’s letters elucidating their contemporary insights for society and the church today.


Compare and contrast Paul’s use and development of metaphors and themes

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Lectures and Focus Text Workshops


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1,500 word report

0 30.0

2,500 word essay

0 50.0
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: 2019-03-04 12:24:38 +1100