Religious Studies | Paul and His Influences in Early Christianity
R521 | 24954 | Harrill


Above course meets with REL-R 325

This course investigates the Apostle Paul through a strictly
historical study of his own letters and the later literature that
others wrote about him.  Our historical approach means attention to
ancient Judaism, Greek culture, and Roman imperial society.  We
shall examine Paul’s founding and nurturing of Christian
communities, the social and religious conflicts to which his letters
respond, and early, medieval, and modern writers on Paul as a
Christian apostle.  Topics include Paul's rhetorical style, method
of community formation, beliefs about Christ, and moral teachings,
including areas of controversy.  Our course concludes with readings
from important Western thinkers on Paul, such as Augustine, Martin
Luther, Friedrich Nietzsche, and George Bernard Shaw.

Textbooks: This course investigates the Apostle Paul through a
strictly historical study of his own letters and the later
literature that others wrote about him.  Our historical approach
means attention to ancient Judaism, Greek culture, and Roman
imperial society.  We shall examine Paul’s founding and nurturing of
Christian communities, the social and religious conflicts to which
his letters respond, and early, medieval, and modern writers on Paul
as a Christian apostle.  Topics include Paul's rhetorical style,
method of community formation, beliefs about Christ, and moral
teachings, including areas of controversy.  Our course concludes
with readings from important Western thinkers on Paul, such as
Augustine, Martin Luther, Friedrich Nietzsche, and George Bernard
Shaw.

Textbooks:
The HarperCollins Study Bible, edited by Wayne A. Meeks et al. (San
Francisco: HarperCollins, 1993).
Abraham J. Malherbe, Paul and the Thessalonians
Dale B. Martin, The Corinthian Body
Victor Paul Furnish, The Moral Teaching of Paul, rev. ed.
John Knox, Chapters in a Life of Paul, edited by Douglas R. Hare
Calvin J. Roetzel, The Letters of Paul: Conversations in Context,
4th ed.
E. P. Sanders, Paul: A Very Short Introduction

Requirements:
1.  Midterm and Final Exams
2.  Short Essay (3–4 pages).
3.  Interpretative Paper (7–8 pages)