OPEN SEP 07, 2020 – NOV 11, 2020 1,050 $
1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians
The two letters to the Corinthians give insight into the life of the problems of a young Gentile-Christian church. From the various positions that the apostle Paul takes, it becomes quite clear what is of critical importance for the faith and life of Christians. These critical teachings and practices include the cross and the resurrection of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and the appropriate use of spiritual gifts, and godly behavior in order among the people of God. 2 Corinthians also offers us an open window into Paul’s apostolic identity and understanding of leadership. From the Corinthian letters it becomes clear that the church of Jesus Christ— presented as a local church— always exists in a concrete societal and cultural context. And the church interacts and is influenced by this context, including political, ethical, moral, and spiritual aspects. The Corinthian letters provide significant insight about how Gospel principles may be applied in church leadership and in everyday life.
TIME COMMITMENT6 HOURS PER WEEK
DURATION8 WEEKS + RESEARCH
PACETUTOR GUIDED
MODULEXEGESIS
COURSE LANGUAGEENGLISH
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTAVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
DIFFICULTYINTERMEDIATE
CREDIT HOURS4
TOTAL TIME80 HOURS IN TOTAL INCL. LECTURE AND RESEARCH

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What you´ll learn

1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Introduction and Exegesis
The two letters to the Corinthians give insight into the life of the problems of a young Gentile-Christian church. From the various positions that the apostle Paul takes, it becomes quite clear what is of critical importance for the faith and life of Christians. These critical teachings and practices include the cross and the resurrection of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit and the appropriate use of spiritual gifts, and godly behavior in order among the people of God. 2 Corinthians also offers us an open window into Paul’s apostolic identity and understanding of leadership. From the Corinthian letters it becomes clear that the church of Jesus Christ— presented as a local church— always exists in a concrete societal and cultural context. And the church interacts and is influenced by this context, including political, ethical, moral, and spiritual aspects. The Corinthian letters provide significant insight about how Gospel principles may be applied in church leadership and in everyday life.

Course Goals

  • The student summarizes the content and the theology of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians.
  • The student completes exegetical exercises of selected passages of the Corinthian letters, and develops applications of those passages to contemporary church situations.

Acquired Skills

  • Applying Pauline discourses in 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians to typical difficulties experienced by church members, e.g. marriage, church life, church discipline, as well as applying Paul’s writings to ethical choices, e.g. sexuality, business ethics.
  • Developing from the above-mentioned exegesis and application sound and practical church governance positions.
OPEN SEP 07, 2020 – NOV 11, 2020
1,050 $

Contents of the course in detail

1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Introduction and Exegesis
  • Introduction to the author, historical background, and structure of the Corinthian letters
  • Individual and group exegesis of selected passages from the Corinthian letters, covering major issues dealt with by Paul in the letters
  • Application essays or homilies based on the above-mentioned exegetical work
  • Development of theological position papers, working from contemporary church situations and issues back to the biblical material in the Corinthian letters

Faculty

To be announced

Final exam

Online test

Evaluation and Grading

Practicum and reflection— the student, in coordination with his/her Placement Church Pastor, attends a conversation Between a Placement Church leader and someone else involved with an issue that is discussed in 1 Corinthians or 2 Corinthians. The student then rights a 2-3-page reflection paper, based on the situation observed and interaction with the appropriate passage in the Corinthian letters (20%).
2 exegetical papers, including exegesis of a critical passage from Corinthians and an application essay or homily based on that passage (30% per paper).
Final open-Bible essay exam (20%).

Preparatory tasks for the students

Complete reading of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, using two different Bible translations (selected from instructor-provided list of useful translations) (six hours).
Required reading (30+ hours).

Proof of achievement

to be announced

Required Reading

To be announced.

Additional Bibliography

To be announced.