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Undergraduate Course: Paul and His Letters (BIST08022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is the partner to Jesus and the Gospels (level 8) and like that course is aimed at students beginning their academic study of biblical literature. It comprises a focused introduction to the life and letters of the apostle Paul, including critical issues pertinent to the whole Pauline corpus, as well as detailed reading of several representative letters (Galatians, 1 Corinthians, and Romans).
Course description Academic Description:
This course is the partner to Jesus and the Gospels (level 8) and like that course is aimed at students beginning their academic study of biblical literature. It comprises a focused introduction to the life and letters of the apostle Paul, including critical issues pertinent to the whole Pauline corpus, as well as detailed reading of several representative letters.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Following a few key issues of historical introduction, the syllabus comprises a survey of several representative Pauline letters, as well as some parallel passages in the Acts of the Apostles. Main set texts include 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 Corinthians, and Romans, with supplementary secondary readings.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course contact hours comprise three lectures plus one tutorial per week. The former includes interaction between instructor and students, and among students, on the set readings which will have been done beforehand.


Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment comprises the following:
a topical mini-essay on one of several topics set by the instructor (1500 words, due beginning of week 6, = 15%;

an exegesis essay on a passage from Galatians, 1 Corinthians, or Romans (1500 words, due beginning of week 10, = 15%;

regular participation in weekly tutorials = 10%;

a written degree exam = 60%.

In order to pass the course, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in both the coursework (combined mark) and the degree exam.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and explain key issues in the study of Paul and his letters
  2. Relate the Pauline texts to their Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman contexts
  3. Undertake basic exegesis of Pauline texts
  4. Render critical judgments on historical and interpretive issues in the Pauline letters
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsPaul
Contacts
Course organiserDr Matthew Novenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8942
Email: matthew.novenson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913
Email: Jamie.L.Smith@ed.ac.uk
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