Paul and His Letter to the Galatians
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Paul and His Letter to the Galatians

The Apostle Paul's earliest epistle in the New Testament is to the Galatians-- powerful, insightful, and foundational.
4.8 (665 ratings)
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3,140 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 articles
  • 13 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop a deeper appreciation for the way Paul presents his message in this his (most likely) earliest epistle.
  • Discern the implications of Paul's message for this present age
  • Understand the heart of Paul's message to the Galatian church
  • Apply the contents and principles of the letter to one's own life
  • Present a coherent summary of this foundational letter
Requirements
  • The textbook for this course is 'Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians' by N.T. Wright. ISBN: 0664227856.
Description

'Being Transformed by the Renewing of the Mind'-- That is the goal of this course and one of the Apostle Paul's own goals for his readers.

Paul and His Letter to the Galatians is intended to take you into an in-depth understanding of one of the New Testament's most foundational writings. We will go section by section with lectures by Prof. N.T. Wright and a Q&A session with Prof. Wright and Prof. Seemuth. We will have reading assignments in the textbook: 'Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians' by N.T. Wright (ISBN: 0664227856). We will also gather in guided discussions with other students so we can learn together through reflection and interaction about application of the material to life. You also will have opportunity to interact with Prof. Wright and Prof. Seemuth through the Discussion Forums. Quizzes have been developed to help test comprehension of both reading material and the video lectures.

The course is intended to take time. We hope that it is worth spending many weeks to embrace Paul's message in his letter to the Galatians. There is no set time limit to the course, so it really is at your own pace. But we hope 'slower' rather than 'faster' will lead to greater comprehension and the transformation the apostle himself would have hoped for.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for every person who has an interest in studying one of the most important New Testament documents.
  • This course is great for beginning students of the Bible as well as for those who know the Bible well.
Course content
Expand all 48 lectures 04:32:02
+ Galatians: Introduction and Chapter One
7 lectures 39:27
Reading of Galatians 1:1-10; 6:11-18 by Prof. Wright
02:35
The Biblical Text: Galatians 1:11-24
1 page
Reading of Galatians 1:11-24 by Prof. Wright
01:46
Session Two: Galatians 1:11-24 by N.T. Wright
18:14

This short quiz is intended to encourage you in your comprehension of the material in the first two lectures by Prof. Wright.

Quiz #1: Beginning to Understand the Letter
8 questions
Key Discussion Questions to Ponder from Galatians One
00:15
+ Galatians Chapter Two
7 lectures 39:03
The Biblical Text: Galatians 2:1-14
1 page
Reading of Galatians 2:1-14 by Prof. Wright
02:28
Session Three: Galatians 2:1-14 by N.T Wright
17:00
The Biblical Text: Galatians 2:15-21
1 page
Reading of Galatians 2:15-21 by Prof. Wright
01:33
Session Four: Galatians 2:15-21 by N.T. Wright
17:47

This brief quiz will test your comprehension of this section of Paul's letter to the Galatians.

Quiz #2: Galatians 2:1-21
6 questions
Key Discussion Questions to Ponder from Galatians Two
00:15
+ Galatians Chapter Three
11 lectures 59:03
The Biblical Text: Galatians 3:1-9
1 page
Reading of Galatians 3:1-9 by Prof. Wright
01:15
Session Five: Galatians 3:1-9 by N.T. Wright
16:31
The Biblical Text: Galatians 3:10-18
1 page
Reading of Galatians 3:10-18 by Prof. Wright
01:44
Session Six: Galatians 3:10-18 by N.T. Wright
17:06
The Biblical Text: Galatians 3:19-29
1 page
Reading of Galatians 3:19-29 by Prof. Wright
01:45
Session Seven: Galatians 3:19-29 by N.T. Wright
16:38
Q&A with Prof. Wright: The Challenge of Galatians 3:28
03:45
Quiz #3: Galatians 3:1-29
8 questions
Key Discussion Questions to Ponder from Galatians Three
00:19
+ Galatians Chapter Four
8 lectures 39:08
The Biblical Text: Galatians 4:1-11
1 page
Reading of Galatians 4:1-11 by Prof. Wright
01:32
Session Eight: Galatians 4:1-11 by N.T. Wright
17:19
The Biblical Text: Galatians 4:12-5:1
2 pages
Reading of Galatians 4:12-5:1 by Prof. Wright
02:50
Diagram for Galatians 4:21-31
1 page
Session Nine: Galatians 4:12-5:1 by N.T. Wright
17:01
Quiz #4: Galatians 4:1-5:1
11 questions
Key Questions to Ponder from Galatians Four
00:26
+ Galatians Chapter Five
7 lectures 34:20
The Biblical Text: Galatians 5:2-15
1 page
Reading of Galatians 5:2-15 by Prof. Wright
01:50

In this session, Prof. Wright examines the Apostle Paul's argument surrounding the issues of law (Torah), circumcision, and the Christian's freedom within the context of the Messiah's work. In so doing, he also addresses the concern about the false teachers who have embedded themselves within the Galatian church.

Session Ten: Galatians 5:2-15 by N.T. Wright
17:03
The Biblical Text: Galatians 5:16-26
1 page
Reading of Galatians 5:16-26 by Prof. Wright
01:29

We now move into the introduction to the “Galatian Puzzle”: Does one obey the law or just live by faith? How can one recognize a member of Christ's Community? Is there a new standard of Ethics? In many ways, this is the 'so what' part of the entire argument. We reach the discussion of how a person should act and react as people who are 'in Messiah'.

Session Eleven: Galatians 5:16-26 by N.T. Wright
13:25
Quiz #5: Galatians 5:2-26
8 questions
Key Questions to Ponder from Galatians five
00:33
+ Galatians Chapter Six and Final Matters
6 lectures 44:36
The Biblical Text: Galatians 6:1-18
1 page
Reading of Galatians 6:1-18 by Prof. Wright
02:25

The Apostle Paul's writing returns to pastoral mode in the first half of this chapter. After this controversy in the Galatian Church, the conflict has caused confusion, anxiety, and difficulties with some believers. Paul brings great encouragement to the believers in Galatia. In the second half of the chapter, 6:11-18, Paul brings the letter back to the main theme of the importance of seeing those who are in Messiah as one new family of God. This is in sharp contrast to those who wish for Torah observance to be primary.

Session Twelve: Galatians 6:1-18 by N.T. Wright
17:17
Quiz #6: Galatians Six and Galatians as a Whole
8 questions

In this lecture, Prof. Wright responds to questions from Prof. Seemuth, the co-instructor of this course. In it, some common misunderstandings of Galatians are probed.

Preview 09:32
Quiz About Course Requirement Completion
1 question
Session Fourteen: Q & A with Prof. N.T. Wright and Prof. David P. Seemuth
14:49
Bonus Lecture
00:33