COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
REL 217 - LIFE
AND LETTERS OF PAUL (3 CR.)
Studies the journeys
and religious thought of the apostle Paul. Lecture 3 hours per week.
GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE
To introduce students
to an understanding of the world of the apostle Paul through a study of
biblical and historical scholarship. To help students understand the history
of the career of the apostle to the Gentiles and the contributions of his
subtle and nimble mind to the earliest understanding of the Christian way
of life and the implications for western thought and life.
ENTRY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS
At the completion of
this course students will be able to
MAJOR ELEMENTS OF CONTENT
Historically and critically
trace the major events of the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul.
between the original Pauline Epistles and the Deutero-Pauline works.
Discuss insightfully the
major themes of Paul's thought: justification by Faith, Christ as the New
Adam, law and grace, sin and redemption, the relation of circumcision to
baptism, the cross and sufferings of Jesus, freedom and integrity.
The following topics
will be considered.
Interpretation of the
major epistles: Romans, Galatians, Corinthians I and II, Thessolanicans
I and II.
Critical comparison of
the narration of the career and teachings of Paul in the Acts of the Apostles
with what Paul says himself about the related issues in his epistles.
Paul's conflict with Jerusalem
over the circumcision of Gentile converts.
The Rabbinic arguments
of Paul in the epistles.
The dialectical structure
of Paul's thought.