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.

Unit Code: BN9017Y

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 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

Unit sequence

Two foundational units in Biblical Studies or equivalent.


Lectures and 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 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 07:51:10 +1100