This unit provides an in-depth study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Attention will be given to the historical context, epistolary genre and rhetorical style as a way to uncover the theological themes and issues emerging from the letter. We will consider how Paul’s theology has shaped and continues to shape the theology of the church.

Unit Code: BN3500T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse and situate the content of the letter within an understanding of Paul’s missionary career and pastoral aims at the time of its composition


Formulate a convincing account of the likely situation of the community of believers at Rome that prompted Paul to write to them as he did


Critically interpret passages and themes in the letter in the light of the theological issues that have attached to its interpretation in the Christian tradition


Appraise the ethical teaching in Romans in light of current issues such as ecumenical and interfaith relationships, environmental issues, peace and conflict and the relationship of Christians to the world.

Unit sequence

30 points of New Testament study (including some study of Pauline texts)


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word short paper

0 20.0
Exegetical Essay

2000 word exegetical paper

0 40.0

2000 word thematic essay

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-05 08:47:16 +1100