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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the historical, cultural, intellectual and religious contexts in which the Pauline corpus emerged
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the provenance, theological outline and argument of epistles attributed to Paul
  • be able to discuss significant themes and the main lines of argument developed in the Pauline corpus
  • be able to demonstrate a developing understanding of critical scholarly methods such as rhetorical and socio-historical criticism
  • be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the theological dimensions of 1 Corinthians and Romans
  • be able to demonstrate critical engagement with the Pauline corpus, Acts and secondary literature
  • be able to demonstrate developing competence in the exegesis and interpretation of biblical texts
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including 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


Current Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.