The Writings of St. Paul
SHEILA E. McGINN, Ph.D.
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This course is an introduction to the person and message of Paul of Tarsus and the communities of Christ-believers that he founded or influenced. As the earliest extant documents from the Jesus-movement, the writings of Paul of Tarsus have tremendous significance for the development of the early churches and of the New Testament message. This seminar introduces students to the scholarly analysis of these letters of Paul, paying special attention to his theological perspectives in regard to Christ, salvation, the community of disciples, church leadership (female and male), and the eschaton. The course will also survey the legacy of Paul as interpreted by the Deutero-Pauline writers, the Pastoral Epistles, and the legend traditions.
Reading and discussion of key studies that dominate the current debate on Paul and Paulinism will focus around such themes as apocalypticism, authenticity and pseudonymity, epistolography, literary and rhetorical criticism, sociology of sectarian movements, feminist hermeneutics, canonicity and the authority of scripture, and development of doctrine. The readings will be coordinated with lecture and discussion sessions where various exegetical methods will be applied to the interpretation of the Pauline corpus, with selected Pauline texts providing "case studies" for discussion.OBJECTIVES
Successful students will be able to:
Seminar; formal lectures and student presentations will be complemented by active and critical student discussions on the basis of the primary texts and secondary literature.REQUIRED READINGS
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