This unit explores Paul’s letter to the Roman house churches in the context of mid-first century life in the Imperial Capital. It focuses on Paul’s theology of suffering and how his rhetoric addresses the situation of the urban population of Rome, generating hope for those from many nations enslaved in the service of the powerful. The Gospel of the righteousness (justice) of God revealed through Jesus Christ for Jews and Gentiles will be read and interpreted in the context of recent reconstructions of life in Imperial Rome.

Unit Code: BN9733W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the major interpretations of Romans in Pauline scholarship, especially in relation to suffering and justice.


Describe and defend a plausible socio-political and cultural setting for the Roman house ekklesiai


Outline a reasonable rhetorical structure and strategy for Paul’s letter to Rome


Exegete selected texts from Romans competently (with a focus on chapters 5–8 and 12–16), employing a range of appropriate exegetical methodologies to write an exegetical essay in an appropriate form.


Give a critical account of Pauline theology in Romans, including its christological, ecclesiological, pneumatological, missiological and eschatological dimensions.


Identify and critically discuss ways in which the interpretation of Romans has implications for social justice issues both locally and globally.

Unit sequence

Foundation unit in New Testament (BN8001W or equivalent)


Interaction with online resources, including peer discussion, lectures (audio and/or visual), lecture notes, readings


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Online tutorial participation (at least five entries of approximately 200 words each) responding to set readings and peer interaction

0 20.0

2,000 word thematic essay

0 30.0
Exegetical Essay

3,000-word exegetical essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-13 07:59:09 +1100