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DI4615   New Testament Special Topic: Romans and Paul's Gospel

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

What did Paul preach? The answer might seem obvious: he was preaching the gospel. But what exactly was ‘my gospel’ (Paul’s words in Rom 2:16), and should it be distinguished from other gospels (cf. Rom 16:17)? In this module we shall consider key elements of the occasion, text, and purpose of Romans, in order to address this central issue in Pauline studies. The secondary literature has recently seen old and new perspectives being challenged by apocalyptic readings, and so we will take this new approach as our framework, engaging with its many critics. Lectures will cover topics such as Paul and Judaism, Paul and his opponents, and Paul and the Messiah, engaging with history, theology, and the biblical text. The result will be a better understanding of Paul the individual, his letter to the Romans, and the gospel that Paul preached. Throughout we will be engaging primarily with the English translation of the text of Romans.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass DI2003

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3-hour seminar (whole semester)

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%

Personnel

Module coordinator: Dr D J Johnston
Module teaching staff: Dr David Johnston
Module coordinator email djj5@st-andrews.ac.uk