TH7609 - Theological Studies in the Book of Romans


Theological Studies in the Book of Romans


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


Recorded lectures 10 hours
Generated study time. 190 hours

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 noted as required in student courseware 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.

  • Introduction to Romans. Paul's purpose in writing Romans; The influence of Romans in Church history; Contemporary approaches to Romans.
  • Romans 1:1-17 The Letter Opening The apostle Paul; The Church in Rome; The theme of the letter.
  • Romans 1:18-3:20 Sin and the Righteousness of God The universality of sin; The judgement and wrath of God; The New Perspective on Paul.
  • Romans 3:21-4:25 Justification by Faith; Propitiation and the atonement; Righteousness by Faith for Jews and Gentiles; Works and law.
  • Romans 5:1-8:39 The Hope of Salvation Part One (5:1-21) From justification to salvation; The triumph of Christ over the sin of Adam.
  • Romans 5:1-8:39 The Hope of Salvation Part Two (6:1-23) Freedom from sin; Slaves to righteousness.
  • Romans 5:1-8:39 The Hope of Salvation Part Three (7:1-25) Freedom from the law; Death and bondage under the law; Law and Gospel.
  • Romans 5:1-8:39 The Hope of Salvation Part Four (8:1-30) The assurance of hope; Life in the Spirit.
  • Romans 9:1-29 God's Promise to Israel Israel's separation from Christ; God's purpose is to Israel; The sovereignty of God.
  • Romans 9:30-11:10 Israel's Rejection of God Israel, Gentiles and the righteousness of God; the preaching of the Gospel to Israel; the remnant of Israel.
  • Romans 11:11-36 God's Plans for Jews and Gentiles The grafting of Gentiles; the hardening of Israel; the salvation of all Israel.
  • Romans 12:1-15:13 Exhortations of Christian Conduct Christian service and behaviour; a call to unity within the church.
  • Romans 15:14-16:27 Pauls Ministry and Closing Greetings Paul's work in the east; Paul's plans for Jerusalem, Rome and Spain; greetings to the church in Rome.
  • The Book of Romans: contemporary interpretation
  • Study of Romans in scholarly literature today: research-based, critical study of the current state of the discipline

  • To develop critical, research level skills in theological analysis and discussion of the contents of Romans from a theological perspective.
  • To enable students to reflect independently on historical and contemporary approaches to key theological themes in Romans.
  • To foster a capacity to undertake scholarly examination of important writings pertaining to the study of the theology of Romans.
  • To provide students with a thorough understanding of key scholars and writers of theological matters pertaining to the study of Romans
  • To enable students to undertake further postgraduate/doctoral studies in New Testament Theology, or in Romans.

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. An advanced and critical understanding of the nuanced positions of recent theological debates and controversies concerning the interpretation of Romans.
  2. A systematic ability to recognise the major theologians and theories relating to Romans in the history of interpretation of the theology of Romans.
  3. A critical capacity to describe and comment with research-level clarity specific issues on the theology of Romans in contemporary Christian debate.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
15000 word essay100%1-3Coursework



As assessment

Carson, D. A., O'Brien, P. T., & Seifrid, M. A. (2001). Justification and variegated nomism. vol. 1: the complexities of second temple Judaism. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Carson, D. A., O'Brien, P. T., & Seifrid, M. A. (2004). Justification and variegated nomism. vol. 2 the paradoxes of Paul. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Donfried, K. P. (1991). The Romans debate (Rev. and expanded ed.). Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers.

Dunn, J. D. G. (1988). Romans 1-8. Dallas, Tex.: Word Books.

Dunn, J. D. G. (1988). Romans 9-16. Dallas, Tex.: Word Books.

Fitzmyer, J. A. (1993). Romans: a new translation with introduction and commentary. London: Geoffrey Chapman.

Jewett, R. (2007). Romans: a commentary. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Kruse, C. G. (2012). Paul's letter to the Romans (Pillar). Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans.

Longenecker. R. N. (2016) The Epistle to the Romans: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

Moo, D. J. (1996). The Letter to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament). 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.

Moo, D. J. (2014). Encountering the book of Romans: a theological survey. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Schreiner, T. R. (2018). Romans (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

Thielman, F. (2018) Romans (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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