This course will provide an overview of major issues in Pauline scholarship as well as an opportunity for students to pursue specialized research in the area of Pauline studies. Class readings, discussions, and presentations will explore the current state of scholarship as regards key Pauline topics. Student research papers will be disseminated near the end of the semester and each paper will receive a formal peer review from a fellow student.
In this course, students will be given an opportunity to:
- Recognize the current state of Pauline scholarship as regards both method and content;
- Formulate well-informed opinions about Paul’s life and letters;
- Become an expert on at least one specific area in Pauline studies;
- Become a charitable giver and receiver of critical comments from fellow scholars;
- Reflect upon Paul’s commitment to the calling he understood himself to have received;
- Learn from Paul’s ministry experiences, including both his successes and his struggles;
- Survey academic literature on a topic in Pauline scholarship;
- Systematically outline the present state of Pauline scholarship as regards a particular topic;
- Give an effective academic presentation and then field questions and comments;
- Formulate a method that is capable of addressing an open question in Pauline scholarship;
- Write an effective research paper;
- Critically assess a research paper in order to identify its strengths and weaknesses.