TH5604 - Applying 1 Corinthians in Church Ministry Today


Applying 1 Corinthians in Church Ministry Today


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures and 190 hours of generated study time.
Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

This module will give a thorough introduction to the historical, cultural and religious situation in first century Corinth. It will look at Paul’s relationship with the church and his ongoing correspondence with them. It will then focus in turn on the different sections of the book, looking at the issues that Paul addresses and how his teaching can be applied to the modern church. The list of topics covered in the lectures is as follows:

1. History and geography of Corinth and the establishment of the church.

2. The influence of Greek thinking in the Corinthian church and today.

3. Paul’s relationship with the church in Corinth. Overview of the book.

4. Attitudes to Christian leaders and lessons for modern Christian leadership (ch 1-4).

5. Sexual immorality, then and now (ch 5-6).

6. Marriage, divorce and remarriage (ch 7).

7. Christian freedom and personal responsibility (ch 8-10).

8. Head coverings and the role of women, the Lord’s Supper (ch 11).

9. The use of spiritual gifts (ch 12-14).

10. Living in the light of the future (ch 15).

For many of these topics, differing viewpoints will be presented and critiqued. Students will be encouraged to develop their own opinion as a result of engaging with the text.

  • To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the book of 1 Corinthians, with a special focus on how it might be applied to ministry in the modern church.
  • To give students a good understanding of the social and religious situation in first century Corinth, and how that aids the interpretation of the book.
  • To encourage students to consider and critically evaluate different viewpoints on several controversial issues in today’s church, including the use of spiritual gifts, women and ministry, morality, and marriage.
  • To help students develop the habit of interpreting Paul’s writing in the context of the social, religious and cultural situation in the first century, before attempting to apply it to today.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. Show an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the text of 1 Corinthians, demonstrating both acquaintance with important scholarly literature, and an awareness of important critical issues in 1 Corinthians.’
  2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of how an understanding of the social and religious situation in Corinth can affect the interpretation and application of the text of the letter.
  3. Be aware of and be able to engage critically with differing opinions on issues covered in 1 Corinthians.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
11000 word gobbet25%AllCoursework
21000 word gobbet25%All Coursework
32000 word essay 50%AllCoursework

As assessment

Adams, E., & Horrell, D. G. (2004). Christianity at Corinth : the quest for the Pauline Church (1st ed.). London ; Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press.

Blomberg, C. (1995). 1 Corinthians. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Collins, R. F., & Harrington, D. J. (1999). First Corinthians. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press.

Conzelmann, H. (1975). 1 Corinthians : a commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. Philadelphia: Fortress Press.

Fee, G. D. (2014). The First Epistle to the Corinthians. Revised edition. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.

* Garland, D. E. (2003). 1 Corinthians. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Kovacs, J. L. (2005). 1 Corinthians : interpreted by early Christian commentators. Cambridge, U.K. ; Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.

Martin, D. B. (1995). The Corinthian body. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Thiselton, A. C. (2000). The First Epistle to the Corinthians : A commentary on the Greek text. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Witherington, B. (1995). Conflict and community in Corinth : a socio-rhetorical commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Patrick Egan and Walter Lamberti

Theology and Religious Studies

Arts and Humanities Board of Studies (Chair's Action)

Tue, 10 Sep 2019

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