Paul and His Letter to the Romans: Part Two (Romans 6-11)
What you'll learn
- Embrace the beauty of this magnificent letter from the pen of the Apostle Paul.
- Understand the historical background that is so important to discerning the meaning of this pivotal epistle.
- Discern how the Apostle Paul brings forth an argument with majesty and complexity.
- Explain the movement of the main themes in Paul's Letter to the Romans.
- Dig deeply into the intricacies of specific sections within the letter.
- Explicate how the strands of key thoughts keep interweaving through the text much as a major symphonic orchestral work returns to movements that reinforce the underlying elements of the work.
- Discuss how key theological ideas and thoughts are worked through by the Apostle Paul.
- Students should obtain the commentary by Prof. Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part One (John Knox, 2005) ISBN-10: 0664227996.
- Students should obtain the commentary by Prof. Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part Two (John Knox, 2005) ISBN-10: 0664229123.
This course is Part Two of a three-part course covering the whole of Paul and His Letter to the Romans. This course, Romans: Part Two, is designed to take around fifteen weeks to complete and continues the study of the Epistle with an in depth exegesis of Romans 6:1-11:36. This section of the letter builds on and develops previous elements outlined in Part One, and emphasizes that Romans as a whole is a letter about God.
In this section you will explore questions such as:
If God loves us so much and freely extends his grace, then why not live like we want? Why not continue in sin that his grace may abound?
Is Romans 7 really giving a picture of the struggle of the Christian life?
What argument is Paul making and how does he support the idea that there is 'no condemnation' for those in the Messiah Jesus?
How does the dense and often difficult section of Romans 9-11 emerge from what Paul has been talking about in Romans 1-8? What can we say about the promises God made to his people long ago who do not seem to have noticed?
The textbook is Prof. Wright's commentary on Romans in the Paul for Everyone series published by John Knox Press in the U.S. and SPCK in the UK.
The structure of the course includes:
Lectures by Prof. Wright
Quizzes to assess comprehension
Interaction with Prof. David Seemuth, your co-instructor for the course
Interaction with the biblical text itself
If you are interested in exploring these and other questions from this powerful and important letter, then we encourage you to enroll in this course.
Who this course is for:
- Any student of the Bible should be interested in this most powerful letter of the New Testament. Paul and His Letter to the Romans provides the basis for so much theology upon which Christians stand that this letter must be studied in depth.
- While this course will contain some rather elaborate explanations, the beginning student interested in the New Testament will still be able to understand much of what Prof. Wright explains.
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 Lead Content Developer 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.