Paul and his Letters


This subject explores the New Testament material traditionally associated with Paul. It investigates aspects of Pauline biography and theology through an exploration of both Acts and the epistles attributed to Paul. An important component of this subject is the exegetical and interpretive analysis of New Testament epistolary literature, focusing especially on 1 Corinthians and Romans.


One Semester


Semester 1 every odd year

Subject Points




Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.


THL106 Introduction to New Testament Studies recommended

Gorman, M.J., (2017), Apostle of the crucified Lord: a theological introduction to Paul & his letters; Second Edition. ISBN 9780802874283

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Prescribed Texts

A book review
Response to questions posed by the text book
An exegesis



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Paul in his historical, cultural and religious context

  • The value of Acts as a source for understanding Paul

  • The order, provenance and authenticity of letters attributed to Paul

  • The genre, outline and contents of Paul's letters

  • Paul's role in the life of the early church

  • Central themes in Pauline theology

  • Detailed investigation of 1 Corinthians and Romans

  • Recent developments in Pauline studies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to discuss in a critically informed way issues relating to the interpretation of the Pauline corpus;

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical, cultural, intellectual and religious contexts in which the Pauline corpus emerged;

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the provenance, theological outline, principal themes and main lines of argument of Paul's letters, especially 1 Corinthians and Romans;

  • be able to demonstrate a developing understanding of critical scholarly methods such as rhetorical and socio-historical criticism;

  • be able to discuss major theological and ethical themes in the Pauline corpus and assess their contemporary relevance;

  • be able to demonstrate developing competence in the exegesis and interpretation of biblical texts and critical engagement with primary biblical sources and secondary literature; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including sound research, writing and communication skills.