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Fall 2012/FCC-Irvine




NE506 NEW TESTAMENT EXEGESIS: 1 CORINTHIANS. Yongbom Lee.________________________________


DESCRIPTION: A careful reading of selected passages in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, with attention to the literary, socio-historical, and theological understandings of the epistle.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Having successfully completed this course, students will have demonstrated (1) the ability to translate with competence selected passages from 1 Corinthians in the Greek New Testament into contemporary English, using appropriate tools and resources; (2) an understanding of 1 Corinthians within its socio-historical, literary and canonical contexts; (3) the ability to identify central issues in the critical study of 1 Corinthians, (4) the ability to articulate the primary theological and ethical concerns of 1 Corinthians and (5) the ability to reflect on 1 Corinthians and its implications for Christians and churches today.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: In 1 Corinthians, Paul as a missionary and a pastor writes about his various concerns to the Corinthian church that he himself planted. This church certainly was not a healthy thriving congregation as we find out in Paul’s letter. Ironically, however, severe problems in this church forced Paul to explain many essential aspects of Christian faith in his letter. This course provides an exciting opportunity for students to critically engage in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church and reflect on what the apostle has to say to Christian churches and church leaders today.


COURSE FORMAT: The course is comprised of lectures, small group and class discussion.




1. Aland, K., et al. The Greek New Testament (4th ed.; United Bible Societies, 1998)

[reprints by Hendrickson Publishers, 2006], $45.00, ISBN: 3438054086; or Nestle, E. & K. Aland. Novum Testamentum Graece (27th ed.; Deutsche Bibelstiftung, 1993), $49.95, ISBN: 1598561693.

2. Roy E. Ciampa and Brian S. Rosner, The First Letter to the Corinthians (The Pillar

New Testament Commentary; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010), $65.00, ISBN: 080283732.

3. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, First Corinthians (The Anchor Yale Bible; New Haven: Yale

University Press, 2008), $55.00, ISBN: 0300140444

4. Victor Paul Furnish, The Theology of the First Letter to the Corinthians (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), $30.99, ISBN: 0521358078.

5. Richard A. Horsley, “The First and Second Letters to the Corinthians,” in Post-Colonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings (edited by Fernando F. Segovia and R. S. Sugirtharajar; London, T & T Clark, 2009), pp. 200-245 [on reserve at Fuller California Coast office]

6. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins (10th anniversary edition; New York: Crossroad, 1994), 205-235 [Chapter 6] [on reserve at Fuller California Coast office]

Students will need to consult the following resources throughout the quarter:


1. Danker, F.W. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early

Christian Literature. 3rd ed. University of Chicago Press, 2000, $165.00, ISBN: 0226039331

2. Wallace, D.B. Greek Grammar beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the

NT. Zondervan, 1996, $44.99, ISBN: 0310218950


For further resources, see “Linguistic and Exegetical Books Required in the Master of Divinity Programs” at http://schedule.fuller.edu/sot/ecds/Ling-Exeg-Biblio.html.


ASSIGNMENTS: (1) Completing parsing sheets and translating assigned passages [10%]; (2) A detailed outline of 1 Corinthians and a summary of the letter in 250-300 words [10%]; (3) A critical review of Horsley (required reading #5), 3-5 pages; (4) An exegesis paper on one of the assigned passages with its theological implications on some contemporary issues of Christianity today (12-15 pages) [40%]; (4) Final exam: translation of selected passages and short essay questions on these passages [30%]; (6) An optional project for extra credit: an expository sermon based on one’s exegesis paper (5-10 pages; double spaced; e.g. B Þ B+; B+ Þ A-).


PREREQUISITES: LG512, NE502, and NS501.


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core requirement in New Testament Exegesis (NTE) and M.A. program requirements for New Testament book study (NTBK).


This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. (July 2012)