Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Critically interpret key aspects of Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians in the light of critical scholarship.
- Discuss, with exegetical support and consideration of a range of secondary scholarship, the rhetoric and theology of the four letters in their context.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the issues involved in the question of the authorship of the letters.
- Provide a critically informed account of sections in the letters which explore the relationship between theological conviction, ecclesial identity, and missional practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of hermeneutical principles in relation to the interpretation of early Christian letters.
* recommended for purchase
Best, Ernest, A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Ephesians. London: T&T Clark, 2004.
Bockmuehl, Markus. The Epistle to the Philippians. 4th ed. London: A & C Black, 1997.
Fee, Gordon. D. Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 1995.
Fowl, Stephen E. Ephesians. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012.
Fowl, Stephen E. Philippians. Grand Rapids / Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2005.
Hay, David M. Colossians. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.
* Schnabel, Eckhard J. Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies and Methods. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2008.
Sumney, Jerry. Colossians: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010.
Tolmie, D. Francois, Philemon in Perspective: Interpreting a Pauline Letter. Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2010.
Ware, James. The Mission of the Church in Paul's Letter to the Philippians and in the Context of Ancient Judaism. Leiden / Boston: Brill, 2005.
* Wright, N.T. The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2015.