Pauline Literature

This unit builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the prerequisite Biblical Studies units. It examines the historical context, literary forms and theological content of the New Testament literature associated with Paul. It covers. Paul’s background and conversion, and provides an introduction to the Pauline literature: historical, geographical, social and religious factors. It examines the literary structure, style and purpose of the Pauline letters as well as key Pauline theological themes. There is exegesis of selected passages from the Pauline literature and an investigation of the ‘new perspective’ debate in current scholarship.

Study Level



Biblical Studies

Credit Points



18 credit points in Biblical Studies

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the various social, cultural and pastoral contexts of each of Paul’s letters
  2. identify the key Pauline theological themes
  3. demonstrate well-developed hermeneutical and exegetical skills in critical essays on selected passages from the Pauline letters
  1. integrate significant secondary literature into the critical study of Pauline literature
  2. incorporate insights from Pauline literature to a range of life and ministry situations
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