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.
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  • Length 4.5 hours
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Published 4/2015 English

Course 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.

What are the requirements?

  • The textbook for this course is 'Paul for Everyone: Galatians and Thessalonians' by N.T. Wright. ISBN: 0664227856.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

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Section 1: Welcome to Paul and His Letter to Galatians and to Udemy!
Introduction to N.T. Wright Online
Introduction to the Course: Paul and His Letter to the Galatians
What You Need for Gaining Maximum Benefit from this Course
Building Blocks of this Course
Section 2: Galatians: Introduction and Chapter One
The Biblical Text: Galatians 1:1-10; 6:11-18
1 page
Session One: Galatians 1:1-10; 6:11-18 by N.T. Wright
The Biblical Text: Galatians 1:11-24
1 page
Session Two: Galatians 1:11-24 by N.T. Wright
8 questions

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

Key Discussion Questions to Ponder from Galatians One
Section 3: Galatians Chapter Two
The Biblical Text: Galatians 2:1-14
1 page
Session Three: Galatians 2:1-14 by N.T Wright
The Biblical Text: Galatians 2:15-21
1 page
Session Four: Galatians 2:15-21 by N.T. Wright
6 questions

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

Key Discussion Questions to Ponder from Galatians Two
Section 4: Galatians Chapter Three
The Biblical Text: Galatians 3:1-9
1 page
Session Five: Galatians 3:1-9 by N.T. Wright
The Biblical Text: Galatians 3:10-18
1 page
Session Six: Galatians 3:10-18 by N.T. Wright
The Biblical Text: Galatians 3:19-29
1 page
Session Seven: Galatians 3:19-29 by N.T. Wright
Quiz #3: Galatians 3:1-29
8 questions
Key Discussion Questions to Ponder from Galatians Three
Section 5: Galatians Chapter Four
The Biblical Text: Galatians 4:1-11
1 page
Session Eight: Galatians 4:1-11 by N.T. Wright
The Biblical Text: Galatians 4:12-5:1
2 pages
Diagram for Galatians 4:21-31
1 page
Session Nine: Galatians 4:12-5:1 by N.T. Wright
Quiz #4: Galatians 4:1-5:1
11 questions
Key Questions to Ponder from Galatians Four
Section 6: Galatians Chapter Five
The Biblical Text: Galatians 5:2-15
1 page

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.

The Biblical Text: Galatians 5:16-26
1 page

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'.

Quiz #5: Galatians 5:2-26
8 questions
Key Questions to Ponder from Galatians five
Section 7: Galatians Chapter Six and Final Matters
The Biblical Text: Galatians 6:1-18
1 page

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.

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.

Quiz About Course Requirement Completion
1 question
Session Fourteen: Q & A with Prof. N.T. Wright and Prof. David P. Seemuth

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Instructor Biography

N.T. Wright, Professor

N.T Wright received his BA, MA and PHD 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. Since 2010 Prof. Wright has been Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published over 75 books and hundreds of articles. Prof. Wright recently received the Burkitt Medal from the British Academy for services to New Testament scholarship. He enjoys writing, lecturing, mentoring students and an occasional round of golf. He delights in spending time with his family in the midst of a busy schedule of writing and traveling.

Instructor Biography

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 25 years at numerous universities and seminaries. He also has 16 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.

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