FHS 3: Intro to Pauline Literature

  • This 16-hour course of lectures for the Final Honour School is given by Dr Jenn Strawbridge in the Michaelmas Term 2016 and Hilary Term 2017. It meets from 2-3pm* on Tuesdays and is intended to give an overview of the life and letters of St Paul, supplementing tutorials for FHS Paper 3.
Information below is due to be updated periodically.
  • Suggestions for introductory reading may be found here.
  • See also Professor Bockmuehl’s suggested tutorial topics and reading lists for this paper.
  • See here for a list of recommended Commentaries on the Pauline letters.
  • Weekly reading classes on this paper’s set texts in Greek (1 Corinthians 1-7, 15; Rom 3-8) will additionally be offered by Matthew Albanese, a DPhil student and graduate teaching assistant.
  • There will most likely be one or two additional Revision Classes in the Trinity Term 2016.
  • Relevant handouts for the 2016-2017 lectures will be available below after each lecture.
  • See here for the Faculty’s Course Description for FHS Paper 3.

Course Outline (2016-2017):


Week 1 (2-4pm) Overview: Life of Paul and the Pauline Corpus;
Major Debates and the Writings of Paul
Week 2 (2-4pm)
with Prof. Nathan Eubank
1-2 Thessalonians;
Paul and Eschatology
Week 3 (2-4pm) 1-2 Corinthians
Week 4 (2-4pm) Galatians; Paul and Ethics
Week 5 (2-3pm)* Philippians
Week 6 (2-3pm) Paul’s Christ
Week 8 (2-3pm) Romans


Week 1 (2-3pm) Paul’s Soteriology
Week 2 (2-3pm) Ephesians, Colossians & Philemon 
Week 3 (2-3pm) The Pastoral Epistles and the Paul of the NT Canon
Week 4 (2-4pm) Major Debates revisited;
History of Interpretation: Champions and Opponents of Paul

*Lectures change from 2-4pm to 2-3pm on Tuesdays beginning in Week 5 of Michaelmas Term. They continue through Weeks 1-4 of Hilary Term 2017.