This course will provide an overview of scholarly issues related to 1 and 2 Corinthians and an opportunity to pursue specialized research involving the letters. Selected primary and secondary readings will be assigned, and seminar discussions will assess the current state of scholarship as regards key topics. The semester will culminate in a research paper that in some way advances our understanding of Paul’s Corinthian correspondence.
- Become familiar with key works that have impacted the interpretation of 1 and 2 Corinthians;
- Recognize the current state of scholarship as regards these letters;
- Formulate well-informed opinions about the letters;
- Become an expert on at least one specific area related to the letters;
- Become charitable givers and receivers of critical comments from fellow scholars;
- Become critical thinkers able to produce well-reasoned arguments and carefully assess the arguments of others;
- Reflect critically upon the complexities of the Corinthian situation and the contextual nature of all Christian theology, ethics, and ministry;
- Learn to engage in peer review;
- Improve in their ability to exegete the Greek New Testament;
- Develop their ability to write effective research papers.