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. The student may choose to work from Internet resources or textbooks. The recommended option is that of the textbooks below.  Internet sources appear as links within the course syllabus. The student should read beyond these if they do not cover all the areas specified in the Things to Know or do not address all the questions raised about the text in the syllabus.

Recommended Textbooks

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