Paul and Corinthian Christianity

NT621/631 (English/Greek)
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One semester, 4 credit points.
NT502 (NB: MDiv only. Undergraduates may take this unit at 600 level. No exam.)
Semester 1, 2015
Brian Rosner


This course is designed to examine in detail 1 Corinthians, framing our enquiry around missiological and pastoral application of the concerns raised in the letters.

The exegetical methodology promotes the importance of understanding the cultural background and utilising advanced Greek language skills such as syntactical diagramming. Students’ translation and cross-cultural ministry skills will be enhanced by introducing dynamic-equivalence translation along side formal translation.

Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the theology and key themes, particularly as they relate to contemporary mission and ministry including nature of power and authority, sexual ethics, the nature and limits of Christian freedom, gender issues in family and church, Christian worship, the nature of ministry, and suffering in ministry.


a.   Introduction, theology and ethics:

  1. The argument and structure of 1 Corinthians in the context of the Pauline mission
  2. The major issues in contemporary study of the book of 1 Corinthians

b.   The text of 1 Corinthians: Translation and Exegesis of the Greek text of 1 Corinthians 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 15.

Advance preparation is expected for both theology and exegesis lectures.


a.  A 3000-word exegesis/essay
b.  A 2-hour examination
c.  Translation. Submit copies of your own translation of the “focus passages”.

1 1:1-9
Read C/R 53-60
1 Corinthians in Recent Research
Read C/R 1-6, 35-41
2 1:10-17
Read C/R 72-90
Argument and Structure of 1 Corinthians
3 1:18-25 The Cross in 1 Corinthians
Read Kern in R 78-97
4 1:26-31
Read C/R 102-11
The Use of the OT in 1 Corinthians
5 2:1-5 Women in 1 Corinthians
6 5:1-5
Read C/R 196-212
The Missionary Character of 1 Corinthians
7 7:1-11
Sexual Ethics and 1 Corinthians
Read Ciampa in R 100-31
8 7:25-31
Read C/R 328-49
Paul, Singleness and 1 Corinthians
9 8:1-8
Read C/R 367-79
Food offered to idols in 1 Corinthians
10 12:1-3 Spiritual Gifts in 1 Corinthians
Read Peterson in R 134-62
11 13:4-13
Read C/R 619-30
Christian Ethics and 1 Corinthians
12 15:1-11
Read C/R 736-736-53
Resurrection bodies and 1 Corinthians



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