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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title The New Testament Epistles
    Subject Biblical Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    Campus: One two-hour lecture per week.
    Distance: The Distance Learning offering of this paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching with one teaching day and four two-hour videoconferences on Zoom spaced throughout the semester. Recordings will be available on Blackboard for students who cannot attend the teaching day live.


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

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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


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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