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: BIB558
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Adam White


The following courses are prerequisites:

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Unit Content


  1. Critically analyse the Pastoral Epistles and Thessalonians and focus on their application to the modern church;
  2. Evaluate primary biblical materials and secondary literature related to the Pastoral Epistles and Thessalonians from a range of perspectives;
  3. Utilize advanced hermeneutical principles in exegeting sample texts;
  4. Assess and reconstruct the socio-historical background, thesocial context and the literary nature of New Testament texts, especially Paul’s Pastoral Letters and Thessalonians.

Subject Content

  • Pseudonymity in Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity
  • Occasion, Purpose, Rhetoric, Narrative world, structure and theology of the Pastoral Epistles
  • Hermeneutical principles in exegeting sample texts
  • Hermeneutics and contemporary reading communities
  • A critique of Pentecostal use of the Pastoral Epistles

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%) 

Prescribed Text

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