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DR455H: GOD AND SALVATION IN THE LETTERS OF PAUL (2022-2023)

Last modified: 27 Mar 2023 16:51


Course Overview

The writings of the apostle Paul have exercised more influence over the development of Christian theology than almost any other writings, but much scholarship would question whether they have been interpreted correctly. Since the end of the Second World War, there have been significant developments in our understanding of the Judaism of Paul's day and of the socio-cultural realities of the wider Mediterranean world; these have led to the emergence of new readings of the apostle's theology and have demanded fresh accounts of Christian origins. This module will involve some exploration and critique of these new approaches to Paul's theology, but always in relation to the content of the letters themselves. Central to Paul's far-reaching and radical theology and ethics is his particular identification of Jesus, which shapes his distinctive way of speaking about God and salvation and, from this, about the church.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr J Thomas Hewitt

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of () or Certificate in Christian Studies or Diploma in Christian Studies
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This module will examine in detail the theology of the writings traditionally ascribed to the apostle Paul, by means of a careful reading of the texts themselves. These letters constitute some of the earliest works of Christian writing and have exercised enormous influence over the development of Christian theology through the centuries. Since the end of the Second World War, there have been significant developments in our understanding of the Judaism of Paul's day and of the socio-cultural realities of the wider Mediterranean world; these have led to the emergence of new readings of the apostle's theology and have demanded fresh accounts of Christian origins. This module will involve some exploration and critique of these new approaches to Paul's theology, but always in relation to the content of the letters themselves. Central to Paul's far-reaching and radical theology and ethics is his particular identification of Jesus, which shapes his distinctive way of speaking about God and salvation and, from this, about the church.


Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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Critical book review

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Word Count 2000
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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Free Choice

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Word Count 4000
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Gobbet Analysis

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandDetailed knowledge of the issues of context and background usually held necessary to a responsible reading of Paul.
ConceptualApplyDetailed knowledge of the various scholarly interpretations of Paul and their methodological dimensions.
ConceptualUnderstandAn understanding and practical knowledge of the questions that bear on how Paul is to be read in relation to other early Christian writings.
ConceptualEvaluateAbility to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the different interpretations of Paul.
FactualUnderstandDetailed knowledge of the content of the letters of Paul.
ProceduralAnalyseA high level of competency in the complex interpretative skills required for the analysis of the Pauline writings.
ConceptualCreateAn ability to identify areas of future research in the Pauline texts.

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