Course Calendar

For all important academic dates, see HERE.


9 AM - 12 PM

 GIG 123


January 8

Introduction to the course

General Issues in Paul's Life and Theology


Brown, chapter 16 (pp. 422-445). See also Brown, chapter 17 (pp. 446-455)

NB: You should read this material some time after this first class.

January 15

The world of Paul

Review material on the world of the 1st century can be found in Brown, chapters  4-5 (pp. 55-96)

Imagine and describe to your satisfaction the main features of the Roman world of Paul and Paul's place and action within that world. (Please write this up and be prepared to hand it in at the end of class.)

January 22

Part 1: The letters of Paul

Part 2: The Thessalonian Correspondence

Brown, chapter 15 (pp. 409-421), chapter 18 (pp. 456-466), chapter 25 (pp. 585-589), and chapter 26 (pp. 590-598)


Part 1: Following the notes, write your own letter with a proper letter opening, thanksgiving, body, and letter closing. (Please write this up and be prepared to hand it in at the end of class.)

Part 2: Identify the letter parts of 1 and 2 Thessalonians

January 29

Questions about the Thessalonian correspondence

The Corinthian Correspondence

Brown, chapter 22 (pp. 511-540) and chapter 23 (pp. 541-558)


NB: February 2 = Last day to withdraw from a course/activity and obtain a 100% financial credit

February 5

The Corinthian Corresopndence (cont.)

Brown, chapter 22 (pp. 511-540) and chapter 23 (pp. 541-558)


February 12

9 - 10.15

The Debate:

Paul and the Pauline Team


the Corinthians

10.45 - 12 PM
Extended Quiz:
Critical Issues in the study of Paul

February 19

Reading Week
No Class

February 26

Philippians / Philemon

Brown, chapters 20, 21 (pp. 483-510)


By the beginning of class (February 26), students must submit in written form the topic of their proposed research assignment / ministry reflection, including a brief overview of the breadth of their study / reflection. (For a template, see HERE.) The adequacy of this research proposal will form part of the grade for the research / reflection paper.

March 5

Colossians and Ephesians

Brown, chapters 27, 28 (pp. 599-637)


March 12


Brown, chapter 19 (pp. 467-482)


March 19

Brown, chapter 24 (pp. 559-584)


NB: March 23 = Last day to withdraw from a course/activity with NO financial credit

March 26

Pastoral Letters
(1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus)

Brown, chapters 29, 30, 31 (pp. 638-680)


April 2

Easter Monday

No Class

Due no later than Friday, April 6 (5 PM)
Exegetical Paper / Ministry Reflection due

April 9

Paul, the Letters of Paul, and the theological use of Paul's letters today

Re-read Brown, chapter 17 (pp. 446-455)


April 16

Final exam




A course designed to present students with material for theological reflection on the letters of Paul and their theology.

The course will employ active learning technologies geared to the above objectives (rather than lectures geared to content retention). This will mean that most of the work will be done in preparing for the class and in class. Accordingly, the workload will focus on student involvement.

THO 4102 Pauline Literature


“[The] man who did more than anyone else in his time to lead people to see what Jesus Christ meant for the world” (Raymond Brown)


L. Gregory Bloomquist

sola Dei gratia

  • To survey a representative sample of Pauline texts in some detail
  • To see the stages of Paul's development and some important influences of Pauline thought
  • To gain a global perspective of Pauline literature and theology for our use of that literature and theology in the church today    

Learning Outcomes (MDiv) - ATS
  • To refine students' critical knowledge and understanding of Scripture (including text, historical development, and methods of interpretation)
  • To refine students' skills of ministerial and public leadership (especially in areas of preaching and catechesis)
  • To encourage students to ask questions about the relationships between Scripture study, spiritual growth, and authentic Christian moral life.

Learning Outcomes (MTS) - ATS
  • To refine students' knowledge of the Catholic tradition and the plurality of its expression (especially in the area of Scripture)
  • To refine students' ability to think theologically (especially by interrelating Scripture with other disciplines, perspectives, and methods)
  • To encourage students to ask questions about the relationships between Scripture study, spiritual growth, and authentic Christian moral life.

All elements of evaluation and review are designed to ensure that students are meeting the Objectives set forth for the course. The evaluations are designed and weighted to be cumulative (i.e., they seek to gauge appropriation of the Objectives in an ongoing fashion, rather than simply "at the end").

  • In-class exercises and quizzes: 30%
  • Extended Quiz on Critical Issues for the study of Paul: 20%
  • Exegetical paper / Ministry reflection: 25%
  • Final exam (written): 25%

In the calendar below, important assignment dates are highlighted inYELLOW.

Please see the GRADING SCALE for information on what grades mean in this class.

Required Reading (click on title to order or purchase in a form that you wish)
  • Bible (any Bible that is not a paraphrase is acceptable, e.g., New Revised Standard Bible, Catholic Study Bible)
  • Raymond E. Brown, An Introduction to the New Testament (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1997)
  • Other commentaries on the Pauline letters. (Please consult the Bibliographies at the end of chapters in Brown, Introduction, as listed below in the Calendar.)

Further Suggested Reading and/or WWW sites

General Resources

Class Notes

  • All class notes will be available in the THO 4102-2017 folder on Google Drive.  For access to this folder, please contact Prof Bloomquist.