Paul and Corinthian Christianity

NT421/NT621 (English) | NT431/NT631 (Greek)
This is the subject page for the online subject.
One semester, 4 credit points.
NT502. NT431/631 requires the completion of LA004A and LA004B.
Semester 3, 2019
Brian Rosner

1 Corinthians is a fascinating epistle. The challenges facing the early church in Corinthians 2000 years ago resonate strongly with many contemporary challenges facing churches today. This unit examines 1 Corinthians in detail (either English or Greek text), and frames our enquiry around missiological and pastoral application of the concerns raised in the letters.

You will 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.   You will discern the major practical and theological problems faced by the Church of God in Corinth, how the letter addresses these concerns, and consider how to apply this understanding to contemporary missiological and pastoral ministry situations.

Students studying the Greek text will learn an exegetical methodology which promotes the importance of understanding the cultural background and utilising advanced Greek language skills. Regular quizzes will help you improve your grasp of Greek grammar and syntax, and translation exercises will further your ability to translate the Greek text in a nuanced way. This unit presumes a fair grasp of J. W. Wenham, The Elements of New Testament Greek, or an equivalent introductory NT Greek textbook.

Study Expectations and Assessment:

In Ridley Online units you can expect to be guided through a variety of learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to your unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers.


  1. Weekly online learning activities including exegetical exercises (or Greek textual exploration exercises for Greek text students) and contributions to online forums: 30%
  2. Thematic or topical essay 40%
  3. At-home exam: 30%

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built. Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E. © 2019 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.