This topic provides foundational skills in the study the letters of the apostle Paul. Different exegetical methods will be employed for analysing and comparing a selection of the letters attributed to Paul (authentic and pseudonymous). The topic will investigate the different contexts in which, and to which, Paul addressed his gospel, and analyse critically how Paul was subsequently interpreted. Key issues related to the expansion of Christianity into new cultures, the struggle to find a stable community identity and existence amidst a hostile environment and the demands of ethnic diversity will be investigated. Implications for contemporary missional practice will be explored.
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