7AATC231 Paul's Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages
Module tutor: Dr Eddie Adams
1 x 4,000 word essay
1 x 2-hour examination in May/June (Period II)
Teaching pattern: one two-hour class weekly over ten weeks
This modules involves detailed exegetical and theological study of one or more of Paul’s writings. Selected passages will be studied in Greek. The course thus presupposes that students have learned the elements of New Testament Greek and are equipped to handle New Testament texts in Greek. In 2011/2, the text is Romans 5-8. Romans is one of the most influential texts in ecclesiastical and Western history. We will examine in detail the central portion the epistle, a stretch of text that raises important theological issues such as the origins of sin, the scope of human salvation, the meaning of baptism, the nature of life in the Spirit, the role of the law, and the place of the wider creation in the divine purpose.
NB The module presupposes familiarity with the academic study of Paul. Students with no academic background in Pauline studies should – in advance of the module – read David Horrell’s An Introduction to the Study of Paul, second edition; T&T Clark International: London, 2006, and a work on Paul’s theology, such as James D.G.Dunn’s’ The Theology of Paul the Apostle, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998. In particular cases, the tutor may advice auditing the undergraduate course, Paul in Context (5AAT2020), alongside this module.