Details for Building Pauline Churches—The Pastoral Epistles and Thessalonians

The Pastoral Epistles show us that intrigue and controversy are not new to the church! The letters of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus and are located towards the end of Paul’s life and ministry career. The letters give insight into the need for stabilisation and structure within the emerging Christian communities in Ephesus and Crete, for firm Christian leadership, and error free teaching. Many of these questions arise today and this unit is sure to generate some good discussion on contemporary Christian leadership.

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Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB258
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Adam White


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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

To examine the so-called Pastoral letters ascribed to Paul; 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus. The issues of pseudonymity, literary dependency and the various world-views developed from the text(s) are examined.


  1. Analyse the content and message of ‘Paul’s’ Pastoral Epistles and Thessalonians, focusing on issues of church structure and problems;
  2. Explain the relevance of historical, geographical, social background and literary nature of New Testament Texts, especially Paul’s Pastoral Letters and Thessalonians;
  3. Examine and appraise the breadth of scholarly approaches and appropriations of these letters to contemporary Christian life;
  4. Demonstrate an awareness and application of engaging with the New Testament text(s), particularly (Deutero) Pauline literature, of both original context and parallels within contemporary Christian and church life.

Subject Content

  1. Genre identification;
  2. Compare/contrast Pauline/Deutero Pauline literature;
  3. Occasion and purpose; Rhetorical strategy; narrative world;
  4. Exegesis of individual texts;
  5. Application to ministry.

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

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Assessment Methods

  • Reading Responses (20%) 
  • Contemporary Presentation (30%) 
  • Major Exegesis (50%) 

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