This unit provides an in-depth study of Paul’s letters to the Philippians and the Second Letter to the Corinthians. The study of the letters will focus on the theological and rhetorical resources used by Paul for the purpose of nurturing churches that understand and take up their vocation in the world. Particular attention will therefore be paid to Paul’s key theological convictions (gospel), his construal of the social identity of his audiences (church), and his persuasive aims in each of the letters in relation to the church’s mission (world). The unit will also consider Paul’s self-portrayal with a view to exploring the understanding of Christian ministry offered within the letters.

Unit Code: BN9109P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of missiological hermeneutics in relation to early Christian texts, especially the letters of Paul.


Describe and offer a critical interpretation of key aspects of Philippians and 2


Discuss, with in depth exegetical support, the nature of Paul’s argument and theology in Philippians and 2 Corinthians


Critically assess sections in Philippians and 2 Corinthians which explore the relationship between theological conviction, ecclesial identity and missional practice.


Articulate the potential connections between biblical texts and the theory and practice of missiology.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations BN9110: Gospel, Church and World (Greek Texts)


Engagement with online learning material, tasks and tutorial discussion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

5000 word essay on either 2 Corinthians or Philippians

0 80.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online Tutorial Engagement (1000 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-08 10:36:13 +1100