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 texts will be assigned as required seminar preparation, 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 a charitable giver and receiver of critical comments from fellow scholars;
- Become a critical thinker able to produce well-reasoned arguments and carefully assess the arguments of others;
- Reflect critically upon the complexities of the Corinthian situation and its implications for Christian theology, ethics, and ministry.
- Practice engaging in peer review;
- Practice examining the Greek New Testament;
- Write an effective research paper.