During our unit on the Pauline writings, students will submit a 700-800 word description of the historical context of a particular Pauline letter. Research must include consulting thee different sources in order to explore the identity and situation of the original audience.
If you have a question about a source not listed here, please contact the professor.
Resources in Library (located in the Stanley Reading Room upstairs):
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Edited by Gerald Hawthorne.
The Writings of the New Testament by Luke Timothy Johnson
An Introduction to the New Testament by David Arthur DeSilva
Sacra Pagina Commentary Series
Interpretation Biblical Commentary Series
*Wikipedia does not count as a source. Be careful to check the trustworthiness of a site not
listed here; much misinformation about the New Testament can be found online.
After describing the context of the original audience and the rhetorical goals of the writing (that is, what the author hopes to accomplish by writing), the student should briefly compare and contrast the original audience with a contemporary audience.
The due date for the context essay depends on which letter the student chooses to study. The context essays are due on the day we discuss that same letter in class. For example, if a student chooses to study Galatians, the essay would be due at the beginning of class on the day we discuss Galatians in class. The context essay is worth 100 points.
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