2nd semester: Thursday morning                                                                      (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

This unit will study the foundation of the Corinthian Community by Paul and the history of its relationship with the apostle, and its pastoral problems as they emerge from the Corinthian Correspondence. It will include an exegetical and thematic study of 1-2 Corinthians focusing on Paul’s theological and pastoral responses to the issues that arose at Corinth. Paul is in dialogue with his own Jewish tradition, the community of Corinth, the first century world of the Roman Empire, and his own experience. The problems faced in Corinth helped Paul to articulate new maps of time, space and people as these communities learned how to be Christian as they awaited the Lord’s return.

PREREQUISITES: Level 2: BA1020Y and BN1020Y or equivalent; Level 3: BA1020Y, BN1020Y plus 30 points in Field B at second Level

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

Level 2:

  1. engage in the exegesis of specific texts from 1-2 Corinthians, making use of appropriate methodologies
  2. demonstrate an understanding of Paul’s response to the specific challenges and problems faced by the Corinthian communities
  3. exhibit critical awareness of the social, political and religious context of the Corinthian community
  4. investigate, analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant secondary literature

Level 3:

  1. engage in the exegesis of specific texts from 1-2 Corinthians, making use of appropriate methodologies
  2. demonstrate a critical understanding of Paul’s response to the specific challenges and problems faced by the Corinthian communities
  3. exhibit critical awareness of the social, political and religious context of the Corinthian community and how these contexts influence both the community and Paul’s pastoral and theological responses
  4. investigate, analyse, interpret and evaluate relevant secondary literature

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 2000 word exegetical paper (40%); 2500 word essay (60%)

Level 3: 2500 word exegetical paper (50%); 2500 word essay (50%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Barnett, Paul W. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997.

Barrett, Charles K. 1 Corinthians. London: Black, 1968.

———. 2 Corinthians. London: Black, 1973.

Collins, Raymond F. First Corinthians. Sacra Pagina 7. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier, 1999.

Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987.

Meeks, Wayne. The First Urban Christians. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1983.

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

Talbert, Charles H. Reading Corinthians: A Literary and Theological Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. New York: Crossroad, 1987.

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

 

Lecturer: CHRISTOPHER MONAGHAN CP