The Pauline Vision of Marriage and Family
For St. Paul, marriage and family become radically redefined in Christ. This course examines how Paul develops his Christological vision, showing how both realize their divinely ordained purpose in the Paschal mystery. We will examine key texts on the body, gender differentiation, sexuality, and celibacy; their functional/symbolic meaning in creation/salvation; and the nature of marriage/divorce/family within the Paschal mystery. A proper understanding of Paul requires a careful exegesis of key texts (in Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, etc.) and locating his specific teachings within the wider context of his theology of creation and justification in Christ as well as his appropriation of Semitic categories of thought operative in the OT. In discussing texts, we will examine the different ways these texts have been appropriated and the critical theological controversies that developed because of them (especially in the Reformation and modern eras e.g., New Pauline Perspective and Covenantal Nomism.) Readings include Pauline letters, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Barth, von Balthasar, N. T. Wright, Sanders, Dunn, Fitzmeyer, and Watson.
Course Texts for Fall 2017
- Das, Andrew: Paul, the Law, and the Covenant