NT421/431 Paul & Corinthian Christianity

This subject is ideal for learning how to employ exegetical methods of modern critical scholarship. You will discover more about the church at Corinth: its foundation, the influences upon its life, and the theological and ethical issues reflected in the Pauline letters. This subject also includes exegesis of the English text of 1 Corinthians 1–7, 11–15 (or a comparable block of chapters from 1 and 2 Corinthians).

Subject TitlePaul and Corinthian Christianity (English Text)
Subject CodeNT421
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus or Online
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2019

Dr. Greg Forbes


On completion of the unit, students will:

A. Know and understand:
1. The Church at Corinth
2. Themes in 1 & 2 Corinthians
3. Paul’s pastoral theology in context of issues facing
the Corinthian church
4. The English text of 1 & 2 Corinthians, esp. 1
Corinthians 1-7, 11-15
5. The nature and methods of New Testament exegesis

B. In order to determine the meaning of the text of 1 &
2 Corinthians, Be able to:
1. Use sources such as biblical and theological
dictionaries, commentaries and on-line resources 264 300 - 400 Level Units
2. Recognise literary form, genre, structure and
rhetorical conventions
3. Compare and contrast translations
4. Evaluate matters relating to authorship, date and
5. Utilize the historical, social and cultural contexts
6. Relate passages to their literary and canonical
7. Establish the meaning of significant words and
phrases in the contexts of the epistle and Paul’s other
8. Trace inter-textual references and allusions
9. Discuss the main themes, arguments and theological
10. Exegete the English text of selected chapters from
1 Corinthians (or 2 Corinthians)

C. Be in a position to:
1. Exegete the English text of 1 & 2 Corinthians for
personal understanding and for use in ministry contexts
2. Integrate perspectives from 1 & 2 Corinthians into
biblical interpretation and Christian thinking
3. Apply the teaching of 1 & 2 Corinthians to situations
and issues in contemporary Christianity and society


    This subject will be taught by Dr. Greg Forbes.

      Time Commitment

      The On-Campus mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

      The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.

      Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.


        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Recommended Text Books

          Choose at least one of the following leading

          • Fee, Gordon D. The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Revised Edition
            (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014).
          • Garland, David E., 1 Corinthians (BECNT; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic,
          • Thiselton, Anthony C., The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NIGTC;
            Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000).
          • Ciampa, Roy E. and Brian S. Rosner, The First Letter to the
            Corinthians (Pillar NT Commentary; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).

          NT631 – Greek Exegesis Students

          • Greek exegesis students will require Thiselton.

            Try MST!

            To see what the MST Online material looks like, you can try out three sample lessons from three different subjects by clicking below: