Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles
Dublin City University
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units5
Hours & Credits
The letters of Paul are the oldest Christian writings, composed by a peripatetic Jew in the east Mediterranean in the middle of the first century CE before the word “Christian” even existed. As such, they are indispensable for understanding the emergence of early Christianity, Christian theology and habits of biblical interpretation, and ancient networks of commerce and ideas that contributed to intellectual and religious life in the Roman east. This course introduces the letters of Paul and the Pauline tradition (Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon) in their literary and historical context, as well as their on-going importance for the modern world. Students will develop skills that will enable them to engage with these texts from a variety of perspectives and methodologies used in academic study of the Bible. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, and to engage with the primary texts in a reflective and analytical manner as they progress through the module.
1. demonstrate an understanding of the New Testament and its formation in its historical context
2. reflect critically on historical issues related to the background and formation of the Paul’s letters and Pauline tradition
3. identify and analyse critical issues and distinctive theological developments found in the letters
4. demonstrate practical knowledge of methods and approaches used in the academic study of the New Testament
5. demonstrate ability to comprehend and explain the content of Paul’s letters and their influence in early Christianity