This unit is an exegetical and thematic exploration of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The Christian community of Rome was known to Paul, but he had not visited them. For their part the Roman community of Jewish Christians was concerned that Paul’s message and praxis was an authentic one. The letter is written to pave the way for his impending visit and it is Paul’s attempt to address their concerns by articulating his understanding of the Christian message and wrestling with a number of significant theological issues including the place of Jesus in God’s saving history, the role of the Jewish Law, the failure of the people of Israel to accept Jesus as Messiah, the plight of all humanity under sin and the possibility of all humanity being saved and justified by faith in Jesus.
Exegete specific texts from Romans, making use of appropriate methodologies
Articulate Paul’s theology as it emerges from the letter to the Romans
Exhibit critical awareness of the social, political and religious context of the Roman community
Discuss critically the relationship between the context of Paul’s community in Rome, his personal experience and his theological convictions
Investigate, analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant secondary literature
Engage in independent research that involves the analytical use of biblical interpretative skills
Two foundational units in Biblical Studies or equivalent.
Lectures and discussion
2500 word exegetical paper
4500 word essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 07:51:10 +1100