Paul: A Biography
What you'll learn
- Students will have a thorough knowledge of the apostle Paul's background.
- Students will gain an understanding of how and why Paul wrote the things he wrote.
- Students will be able to explain why Paul's writing and thinking are so important for today's society.
- Students will discern the importance of historical pursuit as part of New Testament studies.
- Students should have a hunger to learn more about the apostle Paul, author of many letters in the New Testament.
- Students should be ready to engage in theological thinking with other students and through interaction with the instructors.
- Students should acquire the textbook, Paul: A Biography by Prof. N.T. Wright (optional).
- Students should be eager to learn about the history and background of the apostle Paul.
N. T. Wright's definitive biography of Paul reveals the apostle's lasting role in Christian history as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished. Wright celebrates
Paul’s stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history, while shedding fresh light on his writings, thoughts, and ideas. Consider these remarkable facts: Paul's writing occupy less than 90 pages in a modern translation yet they have, page per page, generated more sermons, books, monographs, and journal articles than any other writings from the ancient world.
This course endeavors to answer the questions:
- How did this impact result from a man like Paul?
- What was Paul doing and what did he think about why he was doing it?
- How did someone with his background and upbringing end up speaking, traveling, and writing in the way he did?
- What, exactly, happened on the road to Damascus that changed the course of Paul's life and the course of human history?
These and other questions are the focus of this comprehensive course.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in learning about the apostle Paul, one of the most influential writers in history.
- Anyone interested in the New Testament and particularly the development of thought regarding Jesus during the early church period.
N.T Wright received his BA, MA and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He taught New Testament at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities 1978-1993. He was Dean of Lichfield, then Canon of Westminster, then Bishop of Durham (Church of England), 1994-2010. Prof. Wright is Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is currently Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has published over 85 books and hundreds of articles. In 2014 Prof. Wright received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys music, golf the Isle of Harris, and spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and travelling.
David Seemuth has a Ph.D. from Marquette University in the field of Religious Studies with an emphasis on New Testament Theology. He has taught at the graduate level for over 30 years at numerous universities and seminaries. He also has 21 years of on-line teaching experience. His passion is to see that people not only understand the Scripture, but also apply them to daily life.
Jennifer Loop is currently a doctoral candidate at Durham University. She is the Director of Ministry Engagement for the Wisconsin Center for Christian Studies, and plays a critical role in the online education, both organizational and theological, by guiding the online student experience. Jennifer enjoys engaging with a ‘virtual community’ of diverse students and learners to explore how theology, faith and practice intersect.