Course Summary

A study of the New Testament epistles of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus, with attention to introductory matters, exegesis, and application 

The course is organized in three modules: (1) The Thessalonian Correspondence, (2) The Corinthians Correspondence, and (3) The Pastoral Epistles. 3 semester hours of graduate credit.


• Analyze the historical setting for each epistle

• Exegete each epistle within its historical setting

• Construct an appropriate rubric for applying the content of the epistles

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice examinations and two essays. Each graded unit is valued at 20 percent of the course grade. A sample problem is given below.

The specific occasion that called forth the first letter to the Corinthians was (A) disagreement between two women, (B) a list of questions presented to Paul from the Corinthians, (C) a man who was attempting to take over the Corinthian church, (D) a need to prepare for gathering a contribution for impoverished saints in Judea.

Resources. A selection of commentaries in e-book form are available in the Electronic Collection, and is without cost.  If hard copy commentaries are preferred, you may consider the following: 

Belleville, Linda L. Second Corinthians. Vol. 8 of The IVP New Testament Series. Ed. by Grant R. Osborne, D. Stuart Brisco, and Haddon Robinson. IV Academic, 2011. 357 pages. $17. ISBN: 978-0830818082

Knight, George W., III. The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text. A vol. of New Testament Greek Testament Commentary. Reprint ed. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013. 514 pages. $35.06. ISBN: 978-0802871411

Malherbe, Abraham J. Letters to the Thessalonians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. A vol. of Anchor Bible. Doubleday, 2000. 528 pages. $45 ISBN: 978-0300139846

Oster, Richard E. The College Press NIV Commentary: 1 Corinthians. College Press, 1995. 426 pages. $34.99. ISBN: 978-0899006338