HDS 1544

The Letters of Paul: Ethnicity, Sex, Ethics, and the End of the World

Laura Salah Nasrallah


This introductory course focuses on 1) the Pauline epistles in their first-century sociopolitical context, and their earliest interpretations; 2) what "work" Paul's letters do today in debates regarding homosexuality, women's leadership, Jewish-Christian relations, and ideas of universalism (i.e., how has Paul become a new hero for some European philosophers and cultural critics, such as Badiou and Zizek?). Special attention will be given to what the Pauline letters say about women and slaves, ethnicity in antiquity (Romans, Greeks, Jews, those "in Christ"), as well as their arguments about ethics and the formation of the self, especially in view of the impending eschaton. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 46

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
FAS Sever Hall Room 202

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None