Elective unit                             (Min. No. 8)

1st semester Tuesday evening

This unit is an exegetical and thematic exploration of Paul’s letter to the Romans. The Christian community of Rome was known to Paul, but he had not visited them. For their part the Roman community of Jewish Christians was concerned that Paul’s message and praxis was an authentic one. The letter is written to pave the way for his impending visit and it is Paul’s attempt to address their concerns by articulating his understanding of the Christian message and wrestling with a number of significant theological issues including the place of Jesus in God’s saving history, the role of the Jewish Law, the failure of the people of Israel to accept Jesus as Messiah, the plight of all humanity under sin, and the possibility of all humanity being saved and justified by faith in Jesus.

Two foundational units in Biblical Studies or equivalent

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. engage competently in the exegesis of specific texts from Romans, making use of appropriate methodologies
  2. demonstrate an understanding of Paul’s theology as it emerges from the letter to the Romans
  3. exhibit critical awareness of the social, political and religious context of the Roman community
  4. discuss critically the relationship between the context of Paul’s community in Rome, his personal experience, and his theological convictions
  5. investigate, analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant secondary literature
  6. demonstrate appropriate skills in contemporary critical methods of biblical interpretation

2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 4000 word essay (60%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY * = set texts recommended for purchase

*Byrne, Brendan. Romans. Sacra Pagina 6. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1996.

Donfried, Karl P., ed. The Romans Debate. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1991.

Dunn, James D. G. The Theology of Paul the Apostle. London: T & T Clark, 2003.

———Romans. 2 vols. Dallas TX: Word, 1988.

Esler, Philip F. Conflict and Identity in Romans: The Social Setting of Paul’s Letter. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2003.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. Romans. AB 33. New York: Doubleday, 1993.

Gorman, Michael J. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.

*Horrell, David G. An Introduction to the Study of Paul. 2nd ed. London: T & T Clark, 2006.

Neyrey, Jerome H. Paul, in Other Words: A Cultural Reading of his Letters. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 1990.

Witherington, Ben. New Testament Rhetoric: An Introductory Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009.

Wright, Nicholas T. Paul: Fresh Perspectives. London: SPCK, 2005.