MIN020X307S Pauline Theology Coursework Assignment
Assessment 2: Essay (3,000 words) [100% of module mark] –
Select ONE of the following titles and write a 3,000 word essay. The essay titles relate to
topics we cover in the module [indicated in square brackets].
1) [Gospel] ‘The whole of Paul’s theology as set out in the Epistle to the Romans is
encapsulated in summary form in Romans 1:16-17.’ Critically assess this statement.
2) [Eschatology] ‘Paul was a mystic and visionary whose theology was enriched and
informed by his apocalyptic visions.’ Critically evaluate this statement with reference to a
Pauline letter or letters you have studied.
3) [Christology] ‘Pauline communities worshipped Christ as Lord and God’. Critically
evaluate this statement with reference to a Pauline letter or letters you have studied.
4) [Soteriology] ‘The metaphor of Christ’s sacrificial death as an atonement for sin is of
secondary importance in Paul’s understanding of how believers are saved in Christ.’
Critically evaluate this statement with reference to a Pauline letter or letters you have studied.
5) [Pneumatology] ‘If the Spirit is so essential to Pauline theology, why is Paul so concerned
about spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12-14?’
6) [Ethics] ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess 5:17): Constant prayer is essential if believers are
to live lives pleasing to God’. Critically assess this interpretation of Pauline ethics with
reference to a Pauline letter or letters you have studied.
7) [Torah] ‘Does Paul think that the Jewish Torah is irrelevant for Gentile believers?’ Answer
with reference to a Pauline letter or letters you have studied.
8) [Deutero-Pauline] ‘The household code in Ephesians 5:21-33 re-introduces gender
distinctions which had previously been set-aside in Pauline theology (cf. Gal 3:28 ‘there is no
longer male and female’)’. Critically evaluate this statement.
a) Consult items in the Bibliography on Moodle for the relevant week in which your chosen
topic is discussed in class. Engage with at least two or three commentaries as well as studies
and journal articles.
b) You are welcome to submit an outline plan or draft of your essay for comment and
c) We will discuss how to approach the essay topics in more detail in the seminar sessions.