Hartford Seminary

Gender & Sexuality in the Pauline Letters (SC-615)

The Pauline Letters present various statements on women, men, and male-female relations, all of which have been extremely influential. Some of them have even posed particular problems for many contemporary churches, informed the formation of societal gender roles, and served as ammunition in debates on issues such as marriage and homosexuality. This class will explore these texts in detail including, but not limited to, the historical context, rhetorical analysis, and Paul’s first century audience. We will also engage secondary literature (monographs, articles, essays), and discuss the consequences (both positive and negative) of the contemporary application of these passages.  It is sure to be a charged experience, with lively discussion, and “hot topic” debates that will set this one week intensive ablaze!

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Shanell T. Smith


Summer 2015 & Summer 2017

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