HDS 1544

The Letters of Paul: Ethnicity, Sex, Ethics, and the End of the World

Laura Salah Nasrallah


This introductory course focuses on 1) the Pauline epistles in their first-century sociopolitical context, and their earliest interpretations; 2) what "work" Paul's letters do today in debates regarding homosexuality, women's leadership, Jewish-Christian relations, and ideas of universalism (i.e., how has Paul become a new hero for some European philosophers and cultural critics, such as Badiou and Žižek?). Special attention will be given to what the Pauline letters say about women and slaves, ethnicity in antiquity (Romans, Greeks, Jews, those "in Christ"), as well as their arguments about ethics and the formation of the self, especially in view of the impending eschaton.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1413


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2014
Course times to be announced.
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Scriptural Interpretation
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None