New Testament Seminar: Philippians and Philemon

This subject designed for MTS and DMin students will help students better understand, preach, and apply Paul’s Letters to the Philippians and Philemon. In class, students will learn about Paul’s biography, ministry, and message, unpacking the backgrounds and main themes of these letters and exegeting the texts. Students will receive homiletical tips, look at relevance for theology, and consider the contemporary application. This subject will better equip students to preach and apply these two letters in their own ministry contexts.

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Subject Details

Mode Intensive
Workload One week intensive with the pre-reading and preparatory assessment.
Status Elective, level 8 and 9
Subject Code NT204; NT205-912 capstone available
Prerequisites 24 credit points of NT
Teacher Michael Bird
Reading List (Bibliography)* Postgraduate

*Note: the reading list is only accessible with a student online login.


  • Philippi: People and Place
  • Paul’s Opponents in Philippi
  • Paul and Judaism
  • Paul and Stoicism
  • Recent developments in Pauline scholarship
  • Exegesis of Philippians
  • Authorship, provenance and date of Philemon
  • Paul and Slavery
  • Exegesis of Philemon
  • Preaching Philippians and Philemon

Student Expectations
Students are expected to do the pre-readings in advance, participate in the intensive, and complete assessments. You should allow 6-8 hours per week for this advanced subject.


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