Pauline Theology

REL550
Spring 2018
W 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area I
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

The apostle Paul is both famous and infamous for his theological views. This seminar aims to expose students to the complexity of Paul’s theological legacy through reading his undisputed letters and interpretations of his teaching from antiquity to the Reformation to the present day. The first part of the course focuses on the paradigm shift in Pauline studies away from “the Lutheran reading” toward the “New Perspective on Paul,” and beyond, and on recent contributions relating the apostle to the Gentiles to Second Temple Judaism. The second part of the course focuses on current scholarship on significant themes in Paul’s letters – e.g., grace, atonement, Christology, death and resurrection, gender, the Spirit and the soul.

Background Expected: 

New Testament Interpretation 2 (or the equivalent)

Course Requirements: 

Required readings listed on the Schedule.

Class presentation (basis for the research paper)

20-page research paper on a topic in Pauline theology

Basis of Evaluation: 

25% Participation in class discussions

25% Class presentation

50% Research paper