Paul the Apostle - BS7101

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James WaddellAssociate Professor of Biblical Studies

This course offers a historical study of Paul’s life and letters. The primary focus of the course will be to read Paul as a Jewish intellectual who understood himself to be called by the risen Jesus to be his apostle to the Gentiles. Part of the focus of the course will be given to the urban context of Paul’s mission work with reference to Greco-Roman culture and empire, and the stark contrast between Rome’s ideology of power and Paul’s ideology of service. Special attention will be given to reading each of Paul’s letters in the unique historical and literary contexts in which they were written. Analysis will include examination of the relation of Paul’s christology to Jewish messiah traditions of the Second Temple period. Some attention will be given to the disputed letters attributed to Paul.