This unit will study the foundation of the Corinthian Community by Paul and the history of its relationship with the Apostle, and its pastoral problems as they emerge from the Corinthian Correspondence. It will include an exegetical and thematic study of 1-2 Corinthians focusing on Paul’s theological and pastoral responses to the issues that arose at Corinth. Paul is in dialogue with his own Jewish tradition, the community of Corinth, the first century world of the Roman Empire, and his own experience. The problems faced in Corinth help Paul to articulate new maps of time, space and people as these communities learn how to be Christian as they await the Lord’s return.

Unit Code: BN9010Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Exegete specific texts from 1-2 Corinthians, making use of appropriate methodologies


Explain Paul’s response to the specific challenges and problems faced by the Corinthian communities


Discuss of the social, political and religious context of the Corinthian community


Recognise and analyse Paul’s rhetorical techniques used in 1-2 Corinthians


Engage in independent research that involves the analytical use of biblical interpretative skills

Unit sequence

Two foundational units in Biblical Studies or equivalent.


Lectures and class discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2500 word exegetical paper

2500 40.0

4500 word essay

4500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 15:06:21 +1100