B669 The Letters of Paul

What were the social, historical and ecclesial contexts of Paul’s letters? What are some theological and ethical issues the letters address? The course examines the ways in which the contexts of Paul’s communities shaped the content and rhetorical strategies of his letters and bring the letters into conversations with contemporary issues, especially in pastoral settings. We will note how Paul’s first interpreters’ the deutero-Pauline authors’ sought to shape his legacy.

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