Undergraduate Course: Paul and His Letters (BIST08022)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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 (Galatians, 1 Corinthians, and Romans).
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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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 (online or in person) = 10%
a written degree exam (24 hour take-home format) = 60%
In order to pass the course, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in both the coursework (combined mark) and the degree exam.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||9:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and explain key issues in the study of Paul and his letters
- Relate the Pauline texts to their Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman contexts
- Undertake basic exegesis of Pauline texts
- Render critical judgments on historical and interpretive issues in the Pauline letters
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Matthew Novenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8942
|Course secretary||Mr Jamie Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8913