SC 239 Servant of Christ & Steward of Mysteries of God

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Module Level



Continuous assessment: 40% End of Semester examination: 60%

Module Aims

Aims: To introduce students to the critical study of Paul, his writings, and his theology with a special emphasis on Paul as a model for the mission and ministry of the Church

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the student will: • have obtained an overview of the Pauline writings in the NT • be cognisant with contemporary issues in the study of First Century Christianity in its Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts • have a knowledge of the Paul’s fundamental theological concerns and will be able to offer an nuanced perspective of those concerns. • appreciate the spiritual, mystagogical, and pastoral concerns of the protopauline letters. • be able to interpret certain key Pauline texts. • be sensitive to the importance of Paul for contemporary Christianity


  • Indicative Syllabus: • Saul the Pharisee: world view, religious expression, Scriptural hermeneutics • The Making of Paul: Paul according to Paul, Paul according to Acts, Paul according to Luther • Christianity before and after Paul: Jews and Christians in the First Century Roman Empire • Paul as Convert and Mystic: Paul’s experience of Christ and of the Spirit; prayer in Paul • Paul and God: Israel, the Law, eschatology, soteriology • Paul and Christ: the crucified, risen, indwelling and vivifying Lord • Paul as Pastor: imitator (1Cor 11:1) and servant (1 Cor 4:1) of Christ • Paul and Community: life in the ‘Body of Christ’ • Paul as Evangelizer: ‘steward of the mysteries of God’ (1Cor 4:1) and ‘ambassador of Christ’ (2Cor 5:6) • Paul beyond Paul: Deuteropauline Writings, Paul and the gospels