|COURSE NUMBER:||THEO 353|
|COURSE TITLE:||Prophet to the Nations: Paul's Epistles and Theology|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr. Doug Harink|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||A detailed study of the life, letters and theology of the apostle
Paul in the context of his time and mission. Special attention will be
paid to past and present paradigms for understanding Paul, as well as to
his contribution to a variety of current issues in theology, ethics, church
life and Christian mission.|
Prerequisites: THEO 250
a slave of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the
gospel of God.” In his own lifetime and throughout the centuries since,
this Paul has been a challenging and controversial figure in the
history of Christianity. The message that he proclaimed changed the
world. His letters have generated, disturbed, challenged, divided and
renewed the church, and have ignited theological revolutions in (among
others) Augustine, Martin Luther, John Wesley and Karl Barth. He is
viewed by some as a champion of Christian freedom, by others as a
promoter of various oppressions, including slavery and patriarchy.
Himself a Jew, he is yet often read by both Christians and Jews as
condemning the religion of Judaism. He is sometimes thought to have
distorted the “authentic” message of Jesus, substituting rigid
“doctrine” and rules for compassionate action. He is championed by some
recent philosophers as an exemplarypolitical revolutionary. The controversy about Paul continues.
In this course we are introduced to the study of Paul and his letters in their social, cultural and historical settings. We trace the contours of his revolutionary calling, mission and message. We examine some of the most important controversies which Paul initiated or engaged in his own time. We also address some of the controversies surrounding the interpretation of Paul in current scholarship. Finally, we ask how Paul's letters must shape theological and ethicaldiscourse in the Church and among Christians today.
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