This unit explores the context, structure, message and theology of the Letter to the Romans. Attention will be given to the articulation of Paul’s argument across Romans, with a strong focus on his Christology and ecclesiology and on the themes of justification, law and Jewish-Gentile relations. The unit will also engage with the role of this letter in Christian history and current theological debate.

Unit Code: BN9210C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate close familiarity with the text, structure and major theological ideas of the Gospel of John.


Critique current theories about the social, historical, and religious context in which the Gospel of John was written.


Undertake detailed exegesis of passages from the Letter to the Romans using appropriate interpretative methods.


Evaluate recent scholarly analyses of topics in the Letter to the Romans.


Reflect theologically on key themes of the Letter to the Romans, elucidating their insights for society and the church today.


Produce critical biblical research in the Letter to the Romans.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


Each 3-hour class comprises 2 hours of interactive lecture and discussion and 1 hour of structured group discussion and interpretation focused on biblical passages and/or secondary readings.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2,000-word report

2000 30.0

4,500-word essay

4500 60.0

500-word report (essay proposal)

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-12 07:56:59 +1000