This unit explores the context, structure, message, and theology of the Letter to the Romans. Attention will be given to the articulation of Paul’s argument across Romans, with a strong focus on his Christology and ecclesiology and on the themes of justification, law and Jewish-Gentile relations. The unit will also engage with the role of this letter in Christian history and current theological debate.

Unit Code: BN3210C

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


Demonstrate close familiarity with the text, structure, and major theological ideas of the Letter to the Romans.


Discuss the social, historical, and biographical context of the Letter to the Romans.


Undertake detailed exegesis of passages from the Letter to the Romans using a historical-critical and rhetorical method.


Compare recent scholarly analyses of topics in the Letter to the Romans.


Reflect theologically on key themes of the Letter to the Romans, elucidating their insights for society and the church today.

Unit sequence

Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Each 3-hour class comprises 2 hours of interactive lecture and discussion and 1 hour of structured group discussion and interpretation focused on biblical passages and/or secondary readings.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

3,000-word essay

0 60.0

1,000-word report

0 20.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-04 13:41:24 +1100