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Romans


NT 429/629
NT 639 (Greek)
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WORKLOAD: One semester, 4 credit points.
STATUS:
Elective
WHEN:
Semester 2, 2014
WHO:
Brian Rosner

Paul’s letter to the Romans is arguably the most studied, preached, and debated book of the biblical canon. From the ‘righteousness of God’ to the ‘wretched man’, and ‘all Israel shall be saved’, Christians have always wrestled with this book. Great figures in church history like Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley, and Karl Barth have all resourced their theological energies from a fresh encounter with Romans. This unit explores the occasion, purpose, and key themes of Romans as well as undertaking an exegesis of key chapters in Romans 1–8. Its sets out the major interpretive options for understanding the letter and maps out a way through the maze of exegetical issues. This unit will equip you to understand and to explain the theological depth and practical breadth of the most magnificent Christian letter ever written.

Content

a.   Introduction and theology:

  1.   The themes and purpose(s) of Romans in the context of the Pauline mission
  2.   The major issues in contemporary study of the book of Romans (including the New Perspective)
  3.   The bearing of contemporary approaches to Pauline theology on the interpretation of Romans

b.   The text of Romans:
Exegesis of the English text of Romans 1-4, 5-7, 12, 14-15
Advance preparation is expected for both theology and exegesis lectures.

Assessment

1)   A 2,000-word exegesis (40%)
2)   A 2-hour examination (60%)

 

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