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BIBS322 The New Testament Epistles

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A detailed introduction to Paul’s life and letters and to the setting and thought of other New Testament Epistles with exegesis of selected texts.

This paper provides students with the opportunity to study Pauline theology in detail and in depth. It deals with highly significant interpretative issues in Pauline studies such as Paul's Christology, 'In Christ' language, the New Perspective, and justification by faith. It also engages exegetically with a part of Paul's most influential letter, the Epistle to the Romans.

Paper title The New Testament Epistles
Paper code BIBS322
Subject Biblical Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
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One 200-level BIBS or BIBX paper
BIBX 322
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.

Professor Paul Trebilco:

Teaching staff
Lecturer: Professor Paul Trebilco
Paper Structure

This paper provides a detailed discussion of important themes in Paul's theology and in-depth exegesis of Romans 3:21-7:25.

Assessment comprises two essays (25% each) and a two-hour exam (50%).

Teaching Arrangements

Campus: One 2-hour lecure per week.

Distance: A teaching day and four 2-hour videoconferences spaced throughout the semester.


Recommended: Schreiner, T. R. Romans (2nd edition; Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018).

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

When you successfully complete the paper at the 300-level you will be able to

  • Demonstrate understanding of key themes of Pauline theology
  • Identify and discuss selected key issues in the interpretation of Paul's letters
  • Undertake exegesis of a selected text from Paul's Epistles, employing the appropriate critical tools and methods

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system