Letters of Paul


Dr Rosemary Canavan Semester 1, 2020
Tuesday 10.00am — 1.00pm

This unit focuses on the undisputed letters of Paul and what they reveal to us about the apostle, his co-workers, his mission, the communities he addresses and his theology within the context of Second Temple Judaism and the first century Greco-Roman world. Insights to Paul’s strategies to build sustainable faith communities, support local leadership, expand broader networks and secure identity in Christ are explored. Relevant engagement with the disputed letters and the Acts of the Apostles will be made as appropriate. This unit will encourage theological discussion of the legacy of Paul for the church today.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • one 1,000-word report (essay plan and bibliography) 10%
  • one 6,000-word essay or equivalent 90%
  • one 5,000-word essay 75%
  • one 2,000-word report 25% 


  • Ascough, Richard S. What Are They Saying about the Formation of the Pauline Churches?  New York: Paulist, 1998.
  • Bassler, Jouette M. Navigating Paul: An Introduction to Key Theological Concepts. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.
  • Byrne, Brendan. Galatians and Romans. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010.
  • Dunn, James D., ed. The Cambridge Companion to St Paul. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
  • Elliott, Neil, and Mark Reasoner, eds. Documents and Images for the Study of Paul. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
  • Harrill, J. Albert. Paul the Apostle: His Life and Legacy in their Roman Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Horrell, David G. An Introduction to the Study of Paul. 2nd ed. London: T. & T. Clark, 2006.
  • Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome. Paul: His Story. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Sampley, J. Paul, ed. Paul in the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook. 2nd ed. 2 vols. London: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2016.
  • Wischmeyer, Oda, ed. Paul: Life, Setting, Work, Letters. Translated by Helen S. Heron and Dieter T. Roth. London: T. & T. Clark, 2012.