Greg Tatum Syllabus



3 credits, Gregory Tatum. O.P.

3:15-5:45 pm; MTWRF

July 8 - July 26, 2013


This course examines the biographical coherence of Paul’s letters. This will involve a somewhat detailed reconstruction of the world in which he lived, with specific concern for the influences that formed him and the controversies that forced him to develop new arguments and ideas. His letters will be studied in the order in which they were written with a view to explaining the emergence of his key theological ideas.

Required Readings:

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., Paul. A Critical Life (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996). Paperback edition ISBN 0-19-285342-2. [PCL]

The Cambridge Companion to St Paul (ed. J.D.G. Dunn; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003). Paperback edition ISBN 0-521-78694-0. [CCSP]

Recommended Readings:

E. P. Sanders, Paul, the Law, and the Jewish People (Minneapolis: Fortress 1983). Paperback edition ISBN 0800618785. [PLJP]

Gregory Tatum, O.P., New Chapters in a Life of Paul: The Relative Chronology of his Career (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2006; CBQMS 41). Paperback edition ISBN 0915170396. [NCLP]

Method of Evaluation:

Two ten-page written exercises due 26 July:

  1. Discuss Paul’s rhetoric and practices concerning money.
  2. Discuss the role of faith in Pauline soteriology.

Oral examination on 26 July (the student will respond to two of the following—chosen by the instructor):

  1. Compare and contrast Paul’s arguments about the Law in Galatians and Romans.
  2. Compare and contrast the Adam/Christ typology in 1 Corinthians and in Romans.
  3. Discuss Paul’s practical treatment of circumcision, dietary laws, and calendar observances.
  4. Discuss the authority structures reflected in the letters.
  5. Discuss the role of moral purity in Paul’s letters.
  6. Discuss the evolution of Paul’s eschatology.
  7. Discuss Freedom and Predestination in Paul’s letters.
  8. Discuss the role of Baptism in Paul’s letters.
  9. Discuss the Lord’s Supper in Paul’s Letters.
  10. Discuss two major points of disagreement between the lectures and the required readings.

Topic and Reading Schedule:

8 July: 1 and 2 Thessalonians

The assigned letters, PCL 103-129, CCSP 51-63, NCLP 1-18

9 July: 1 Corinthians1-7

The assigned chapters of the letter, PCL 253-290, CCSP 64-90, NCLP 19-48

10 July: 1 Corinthians 8-16

The assigned chapters of the letter, PCL 130-157, CCSP 159-172

11 July: 2 Corinthians 10-13 and Philemon

The assigned chapters of the letters, PCL 159-184, CCSP 173-184

12 July: Galatians

The assigned letter, PCL 185-210, CCSP 64-73, NCLP 49-72

15 July: Philippians

The assigned letter, PCL 211-227, CCSP 105-115, NCLP 73-93

16 July: 2 Corinthians 1-9

The assigned chapters of the letter, PCL 291-322, CCSP 199-211, NCLP 94-122

17 July: Romans 1-4

The assigned chapters of the letter, PCL 323-340, CCSP 91-114

18 July: Romans 5-8

The assigned chapters of the letter, CCSP 212-226

19 July: Romans 9-11

The assigned chapters of the letter, CCSP 185-198

22 July: Romans 12-16

Required Reading:

The assigned chapters of the letter, PLJP 171-210, NCLP 123-130

23 July: Colossians

Required Reading: The assigned letter, CCSP 116-132

24 July: Ephesians

Required Reading:

The assigned letter, CCSP 133-140, PLJP 3-92

25 July: 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus

Required Reading:

The assigned letters, PCL 341-370, CCSP 141-158, PLJP 93-170

26 July: Final Examination; Papers due.