THL203 Paul and His Letters (8)

This subject explores the New Testament material traditionally associated with Paul. It investigates aspects of Pauline biography and theology through an exploration of both Acts and the epistles attributed to Paul. An important component of this subject is the exegetical and interpretive analysis of New Testament epistolary literature, focusing especially on 1 Corinthians and Romans.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL203. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or studied THL106.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss in a critically informed way issues relating to the interpretation of the Pauline corpus;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical, cultural, intellectual and religious contexts in which the Pauline corpus emerged;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the provenance, theological outline, principal themes and main lines of argument of Paul's letters, especially 1 Corinthians and Romans;
  • be able to demonstrate a developing understanding of critical scholarly methods such as rhetorical and socio-historical criticism;
  • be able to discuss major theological and ethical themes in the Pauline corpus and assess their contemporary relevance;
  • be able to demonstrate developing competence in the exegesis and interpretation of biblical texts and critical engagement with primary biblical sources and secondary literature; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Paul in his historical, cultural and religious context
  • The value of Acts as a source for understanding Paul
  • The order, provenance and authenticity of letters attributed to Paul
  • The genre, outline and contents of Paul's letters
  • Paul's role in the life of the early church
  • Central themes in Pauline theology
  • Detailed investigation of 1 Corinthians and Romans
  • Recent developments in Pauline studies

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL203 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Text response
Critical review
Exegetical paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.