MPhil NT A2: Epistles and Revelation

Prescribed Texts in Greek: Galatians; Hebrews; Ignatius’ Letter to the Magnesians (in The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations, ed. & trans. Michael W. Holmes (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 202-213).  See below for essay titles and initial suggested reading for each essay topic. NB many articles and books are available electronically via SOLO.

Tutorial Classes (1-hour) will be held in Weeks 1-7 of the Hilary Term. Times to be agreed.

(Week 1: Life of Paul) To what extent should Acts of the Apostles be used as a source for the reconstruction of Paul’s life?

(Week 2: Paul’s Gospel) What does Paul mean by ‘justification’ language and how important is this for his gospel?

(Week 3: Galatians) With reference to Galatians, assess why Paul had enemies and how effectively he responded to them.

(Week 4: Hebrews) How central is the author’s understanding of Jesus as High Priest to the Christology of Hebrews?

(Week 5: Epistle of James) Is the Epistle of James best understood as a reaction to Paulinism?

(Week 6: Revelation) What is the Apocalypse of John about?

(Week 7: Ignatius of Antioch) What is the justification for studying the works of the Apostolic Fathers alongside the New Testament (with specific reference to Ignatius)?

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