Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired a base of knowledge concerning the literary, historical, and theological characteristics of the Pauline Letters, the Catholic Epistles and the Letter to the Hebrews. They will be capable of correct exegesis of these texts in order to employ them in academic, pastoral and liturgical contexts as well as for personal reading and meditation. This objective will be met by means of the following learning activities: 1. Attendance at all lessons, with your Bible always in hand. 2 Personal reading and analysis of the biblical text. 3. Group work: reading and analysis of passages, discussion of exegetical issues, etc. 4. Expositions by the teacher, with the active participation of the students.
I. Introduction to the Epistles. 1. Introduction. 2. An epistle? II. Saint Paul. 1. Who is Saint Paul? 2. Saint Paul and Christianity. 3. Theology of Saint Paul. III. Epistles of Paul. 1. First Epistle to the Thessalonians. 2. First Epistle to the Corinthians. 3. Second Epistle to the Corinthians. 4. Epistle to the Galatians. 5. Epistle to the Philippians. 6. Epistle to Philemon. 7. Epistle to the Romans. IV. Epistles of the Pauline School. Introduction: 1. Second Epistle to the Thessalonians. 2. Epistle to the Colossians. 3. Epistle to the Ephesians. 4. Epistle to Titus. 5. Second Epistle to Timothy. 6. First Epistle to Timothy V. Epistle to the Hebrews. VI. Catholic Epistles. 1. Epistle of James. 2. Epistles of Peter. 3. Epistles of Judas. Learning Outcomes: The student will be familiar with the figure of Saint Paul, his writings, his posterity and the other early epistles in the Church thus understanding the earliest theological formulations about faith in Jesus, the building up of the Christian community and the bearing of witness to the God who is Father and Creator. This will invigorate the process by which the student becomes a credible preacher and teacher in today’s world and an authentic Christian witness.
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