04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR
Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Fall 2021
The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the New Testament and offer important information about the earliest communities of Jesus-followers. This class interrogates the social and historical context of these letters while also exploring their rich and dynamic interpretive histories. How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today? We'll utilize archaeological materials and ancient writings to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and think about religious groups, power, poverty, slaves, and elites living in the Roman Empire in the 1st century CE. We'll also utilize some of the most relevant contemporary theoretical approaches to the letters (e.g., feminist, queer, affective, African American, and economic approaches) to answer two key questions: How can we approach Paul’s letters and what can we do with them?