Details for The Prison Epistles
This paper examines the so-called Prison or Captivity letters ascribed to Paul; Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. The issues of pseudonymity, literary dependency and the various world-views developed from the text(s) are examined.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Paper code: BIB255
- Credit points: 15
- Total workload hours per week: 150
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *
BIB102 – Introduction to the New Testament
The following courses are prerequisites:
The paper The Prison Epistles is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).
To examine the so-called Prison or Captivity letters ascribed to Paul; Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. The issues of pseudonymity, literary dependency and the various world-views developed from the text(s) are examined.
Students should be able to:
- Analyse the historical background and social context of the local churches at Ephesus, Philippi and Colosse
- Examine the literary and theological structure of each epistle through sound exegesis and engagement with a wide variety of sources
- Explain the biblical theological context of each epistle and detail the content unique to each
- Identify and apply an ecclesiology through exegetical and thematic study
- Demonstrate and integrate an understanding of the role and function of Christians as members of the body of Christ and the broader community
- Genre identification
- Compare/contrast Pauline/Deutero Pauline literature
- Occasion and Purpose; Rhetorical Strategy; Narrative world
- Exegesis of individual texts
- Application to ministry
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, group discussion, online engagement
Exegetical Essay (50%, 2500 words); Forum Postings (20%, 2500 words); Exam (30%, 1.25 hour)
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European Journal of Theology
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Journal of Pentecostal Theology