Elective unit                                                                                                          (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: Thursday morning



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 help Paul to articulate new maps of time, space and people as these communities learn how to be Christian as they await the Lord’s return.

PREREQUISITES: 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 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. recognise and analyse Paul’s rhetorical techniques used in 1-2 Corinthians
  5. demonstrate their skills in contemporary critical methods of biblical interpretation


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



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.