This unit provides an in-depth study of Paul’s letters to the Philippians and the Second Letter to the Corinthians using the Greek text. 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. The unit builds on introductory understanding of New Testament Greek by providing opportunity to translate and exegete the text with reference to the original language.

Unit Code: BN9110P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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 Corinthians in the light of critical scholarship


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


Critically assess sections of the Greek text 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.


Use their understanding of Greek grammar in the service of exegesis and interpretation of selected passages of the New Testament

Unit sequence

15 Points Foundational NT Study or equivalent; 30 points of New Testament Greek

Prohibited combinations: BN9100P/BN9109P: Gospel Church and World: Mission and Ministry in Philippians and 2 Corinthians


Lectures, Group work, Tutorials/Translation Support


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

6000 word essay on either 2 Corinthians or Philippians, based on the Greek text

0 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-08 11:35:51 +1100