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Paul and the Development of Early Christianity

This course is concerned to introduce a figure who had a profound impact on the formation of early Christianity and also Rabbinic Judaism: Paul from Tarsus. The intellectual and religious development of Paul will be explored within the context of Palestinian Judaism with questions in mind about the Hellenistic world. While issues will be raised about the intellectual developments in Paul’s writings, an important aspect of this module is introducing methodologies, key themes, and current debates that have developed in this field of study in the last decades.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify significant scholars who have had an impact on developing approaches to interpreting Paul
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the complexities of locating Paul’s social context(s)
  • Discuss the various religio-traditions that were present and exerted influence on Paul and his thought world
  • Give a synopsis of what is known about Paul the man
  • Provide a synopsis of how Paul’s activities influenced the development of Rabbinic Judaism as well as early Christianity

How to apply

Applications can be made in person on Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Department of Religions and Theology, Room 5010, Level 5 of the Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 or by post before 23rd September 2016.


EUR 150 for the course. For security reasons payment should be by cheque/draft/postal money order only, made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. A concession rate is available to second and third level students, unemployed persons and those in receipt of a social welfare pension.


Teaching in Semester 1 (Michaelmas Term) commences during the week beginning 26th September 2016. Please note this is a day-time course.


The module runs for a total of twelve weeks, with no lectures in week 7.

Further Information

Contact: Jane Welch, Executive Officer, Department of Religions and Theology, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. Phone: 01 896 1297, email: