Course Memo

PAUL: ANCIENT CONTEXTS, PRESENT CONSEQUENCES. This course is an introduction to the field of Pauline Studies, providing a representative view of the various components within the contemporary study of the discipline, its texts and contexts. First, we will explore “traditional” approaches within Pauline Studies, focusing on the texts and contexts of the past, and how recent scholarship has defined some of the main topics (Law, Grace, Israel, etc.) Second, using more recent developments in the discipline, we will attend to different trajectories of interpretation that pay close attention to the way different communities understand, represent, and re-appropriate Paul for different theological and ideological purposes (Imperial and Postcolonial Studies, Feminist and Queer Approaches, Liberationist Readings). [30 max enrollment]