Pauline theology

Course Information
TitleΠΑΥΛΕΙΑ ΘΕΟΛΟΓΙΑ / Pauline theology
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorAikaterini Tsalampouni
Course ID60005031

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Degree of Theology or of other university school
Learning Outcomes
After the successful completion of the course the students: (a) will have acquired a critical and in depth knowledge of the main aspects of the Pauline theology and the they will be able to describe themcoherently and clearly (b) will be able to trace analogies, interpretative techniques, and reception mechanisms of theological concepts text in various biblical texts (c) will be able to discern in various New Testament texts theological themes, to make connections among them, and to come to practical conclusions (d) will be able to use their previous knowledge in matters of New Testament interpretation in order to track major theological concepts in various biblical texts
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The focus of the course will be on the study and analysis of the main theological concepts of Paul as thery unfolded in the generally accepted as genuine pauline writings. Additionally, the way these concepts were receiverd and further developed in the deuteropauline text will be also discussed. More specifically during the semester the following topics will be examined and discussed: (1) review of Pauline studies, (2) the theological presuppositions of Paul I: a) Jewish origins, b)Hellenists and Antiochean Christianity, (3) major aspects of Paul's theological thought I: soteriology (sin, salvation, Law, gospel, charis), (4) major aspects of Paul's theological thought II: anthropology, (5) major aspects of Paul's theological thought III: ecclesiology, (6)major aspects of Paul's theological thought IV: anthropology, (7) major aspects of Paul's theological thought V: pneumatology, (8) major aspects of Paul's theological thought VI: eschatology, (9) possible connections and differentiation between the Pauline theology and those of other groups of early Christianity (e.g. Hellenists, Judaeo-Christians), (10) the impact and use of the Old Testament texts and concepts in Pauline texts (intertextuality), (11) the reception of pauline thought in deuteropauline literature, (12) the impact and reception of pauline theology in various NT texts (Luke-Acts, Mark, John, James, 1 Peter), and (13) the significance of Paul’s teaching for contemporary Christian communities.
New Testament, New Testament Theology, Paul, interpretation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of audio-visual tools in the process of teaching (especially powerpoint and video clips) Supplementary material, additional data and exercises / tests on Blackboard Communication and research counseling through e-mails and skype
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities10
Written assigments50
Student Assessment
- Oral presentation and exegesis of a Pauline text where an aspect of his theological thought is presented and discussion of a study that is related to the topic of the course. The exegetical analysis must follow the exegetical rules and the presentation must conform to the rules of an oral presentation as these are described in the document uploaded on the webpage of the course on blackboard (40% of the final grade, 20% each assignment) - Written assignment on a topic related to the course. The topics will be announced on the webpage on blackboard. The written assignment must conform to the rules of a written essay as they are described in the document that will be uploaded on the webpage on blackboard (60% of the final grade).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
• Χ.Γ. Ατζματζίδης, Από τη βιβλική έρευνα στην πίστη της Εκκλησίας. Συνοπτική θεολογία της Καινής Διαθήκης, Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010 • Π. Βασιλειάδης, Παύλος. Τομές στη θεολογία του Α΄, Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2004 • Χ. Καρακόλης, Αμαρτία – Βάπτισμα – Χάρις (Ρωμ 6, 1-14). Συμβολή στην Παύλεια Σωτηριολογία (ΒΒ 25), Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002 • J. Dunn, The Theology of Paul the Apostle, Eerdmans, 2006 • N.T. Wright, Paul: In Fresh Perspective, Fortress Press 2009 • J. Dunn, The New Perspective on Paul, Eerdmans 2007 • O. Hofius, Η αλήθεια του ευαγγελίου. Συναγωγή καινοδιαθηκικών μελετών, Άρτος Ζωής, Αθήνα 2012 • A. Thiselton, The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and his Thought, SPCK, London 2009 • M. Zetterholm, Approaches to Paul. A Student’s Guide to Recent Scholarship, Fortress Press, Minneapolis 2009 • S. Moyise, Evoking Scripture. Seeing the Old Testament in the New, T & T Clark, London 2008 • F. Watson, Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles. Beyond the New Perspective, Eerdmans, Michigan / Cambridge 2007 • R.B. Hays, Echoes of Scriptue in the Letters of Paul, Yale University Press, New Haven & London 1989 • M. Hengel, the Pre-Christian Paul, SCMP, London 1991 • A. du Toit, Focusing on Paul. Persuasion and Theological Design in Romans and Galatians (BZNTW 151). De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2007 • H. Boers, Christ in the Letters of Paul. In Place of a Christology (BZNTW 140), de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2006 • K. Haacker, The Theology of Paul’s Letter to the Romans (New Testament Theology), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2003 • F. Hahn, Theologie des Neuen Testaments. Bd. I: Die Vielfalt des Neuen Testaments. Bd. II: Die Einheit des Neuen Testaments (UTB 3500), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen 32011
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