TH6603 - Theology of Romans


Theology of Romans


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of 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 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.

  • 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.

  • To build upon Diploma level modules already taken in theological theory and practice, thereby enhancing existing skills in theological analysis and hermeneutics.
  • To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the letter to the Romans with a special focus on its theology and interpretation.
  • To encourage students to analyse critically the historical and contemporary approaches to key theological themes in Romans.
  • To enable students to evaluate and assess their independent findings in their study of the book of Romans.
  • To foster students' independent research techniques and communication skills when relating to theological study.

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. A systematic understanding of the nuanced positions of recent theological debates and controversies concerning the interpretation of Romans.
  2. An ability to recognise the major theologians and theories relating to Romans in the history of interpretation of the theology of Romans.
  3. A capacity to describe and comment with clarity specific issues on the theology of Romans in contemporary Christian debate.
  4. An ability to identify issues and problems in the positions taken by differing scholars on subjects of theological importance in the epistle.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment100%1-4Coursework

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.

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

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

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

Moo, D. J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans. 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. (1998). Romans. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

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