This unit explores Paul’s interaction with the Corinthian community, with a focus on First Corinthians and on the social and historical background to that interaction. Students will become more aware of the complexities of Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian house churches; the dialogical and rhetorical structure of the letters; the underlying social, political and cultural factors shaping the exchanges; and the christological, ethical, ecclesiological pneumatological and eschatological themes that emerge. The unit will build on the skills of exegesis (historical-critical and socio-rhetorical methods) and encourage students in the task of applying their findings to the life and mission of the church today.

Unit Code: BN9031W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Give an informed account of the history of interpretation of First Corinthians


Describe and discuss the socio-political and rhetorical context in which the letter first circulated;


Analyse the christological, ethical, ecclesiological, pneumatological, missiological and eschatological themes and ideas in First Corinthians;


Exegete selected texts in First Corinthians by employing a range of appropriate exegetical methods and resources


Discuss the interpretation and application of Paul’s ethics and ecclesiology for today’s world


Critique postcolonial, crosscultural and intercultural approaches to interpreting First Corinthians in light of contemporary socio-political and cultural issues

Unit sequence

Foundations unit in NT (BN8001W or equivalent)


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critical Review of Readings (1500 words)

0 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar/tutorial paper (1500 words)

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

Exegetical essay (3000 words)

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-07 13:58:56 +1100