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New Testament Seminar: Philippians and Philemon

Subject overview
This unit 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 unit will better equip students to preach and apply these two letters in their own ministry contexts.

 

Unit Details

Delivery mode Virtual via Zoom
Workload One week intensive with the pre-reading and preparatory assessment.
Status Elective, level 8 and 9
Available as NT036-512: NT Seminar (capstone)
Subject Code NT204
Prerequisites 24 credit points of NT
When Semester Two, 24-28 August 2020
Teacher Michael Bird
Reading List (Bibliography)* Postgraduate

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

Content 

  • 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 Zoom lectures, complete assessments, and adhere to Ridley student code of conduct.

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