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    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 Special Topic: The New Testament Epistles
    Subject Biblical Studies
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    BIBX 423
    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 three assignments (35%, 40% and 25% respectively).
    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 400-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
    • Develop research skills in a subject so that you can analyse and critically evaluate contemporary research in that area
    • Demonstrate the ability to clarify differing intellectual approaches to evidence
    • Present an exegetical assignment in which in-depth exegetical skills are demonstrated
    • Respond to the exegeses of others, demonstrating the ability to critically analyse an argument


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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