Aug 16, 2022  
2019-2020 Theological School Catalog (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
    
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BBST 648 - Trends in Interpreting Paul

3 credits
The Apostle Paul has been the bane and blessing of the Christian tradition. He is heralded as the greatest proclaimer and shaper of the Christian faith in its formative years. Paul, the man, and his role in the founding of the early Christian communities are of tremendous critical interest. His writings are sufficiently contradictory that they can validate and condemn slavery, justify social hierarchies and egalitarian co-existence, require compliance with civil authorities and authorize civil disobediance, among others. Ironically, the man who declared that Jesus has broken the walls that separate humankind (Ephesians 2:14) and penned the paean to love ( 1 Corinthians 13) has proven susceptible to the accusation that he is the Father of the anti-Judaism that has plagued the Jewish people under Christian dominance. This course will explore how scholars have made sense of Paul historically and look in depth at two more recent themes in Pauline scholarship: the New Perspective on Paul and Paul and Empire Studies. Prerequisite: BBST 511 .



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