Details for New Testament Letters

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB551
  • Credit points: 10


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering New Testament Letters

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the principal literary forms, uses and major themes of Epistles in the New Testament.
  • Evaluate the narrative worldview implicit within Pauline theology.
  • Demonstrate critical engagement with both primary and secondary texts.
  • Describe the historical, geographical, social background and the literary nature of the New Testament letters.
  • Analyse the use of rhetorical devices in the New Testament Epistles.
  • Critically analyse selected texts from Romans.

Assessment Methods

Essay, Exegesis

Representative References

Collins, Y.A. “Psalms, Philippians 2:6-11, and the Origins of Christology.” Biblical Interpretation 11, nos. 3-4 (2003): 361-372.

deSilva, D.A. Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "To the Hebrews". Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Dunn, J.D.G. (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to St Paul. Cambridge: CUP, 2003.

Fee, G.D. Pauline Christology: an exegetical-theological study. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2007.

Fitzmyer, J.A. “The Structured Ministry of the Church in the Pastoral Epistles.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66, no. 4 (2004): 582-596.

Gilfillan Upton, B. “Can Stepmothers be saved? Another Look at 1 Timothy 2:8-15.” Feminist Theology 15, no. 2 (2007): 175-185.

Haacker, K. The Theology of Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Koester, C.R. Hebrews. New York: Doubleday, 2001.

Moo, Douglas J. The Letter of James. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Thompson, M.M.  Colossians & Philemon. THNTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Witherington, B. III. “Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter, Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians.” Vol. VII. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic, 2008.

Witherington, B. III. The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Wright, N.T. Paul: In Fresh Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.


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