Paul and His Letter to the Romans: Part One (Romans 1-5)

A Guide to the Apostle Paul's Masterpiece Epistle to the Romans. This Course Covers Romans Chapters One Through Five.
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Course Description

Few writings in the history of the world have had the impact that Paul's Epistle to the Romans has had in the past centuries. Prof. N.T. Wright, renowned biblical scholar and historian, will walk you through Paul's Letter to the Romans. The course shines a bright spotlight on one of the most wonderful and challenging books in the New Testament. The powerful realities Paul expresses in his Epistle to the Romans have challenged men and women for nearly 2,000 years. People like St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley were profoundly changed by embracing the essential elements found in this magnificent letter. Dig deep into the New Testament through studying this amazing and pivotal work from the pen of the Apostle Paul through detailed explanation with Prof. N.T. Wright. 

This course is Part One of a three-part course covering the whole of Paul and His Letter to the Romans. This course, Romans: Part One, is designed to take around fifteen weeks to complete and will cover Introductory Issues regarding the whole Epistle as well as in depth exegesis of Romans 1:1 - 5:21. While you may take the course at your own pace, you are encourage to take time to reflect upon the material presented in the textbook and in the lectures. Please do not rush. There is so much packed into every lecture. This is material to ponder and prayerfully consider. 

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
  • Student discussions 
  • Interaction with Prof. David Seemuth, your co-instructor for the course
  • Textbook readings
  • Interaction with the biblical text itself

If you are interested in a deeper knowledge of this powerful and important letter from the apostle Paul, then you will want to enroll in this course. 

What are the requirements?

  • Students should obtain the commentary by Prof. Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part One (John Knox, 2005) ISBN-10: 0664227996.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.
  • Realize the wonderful background of OT texts upon which the argument of the letter depends.

What is the target audience?

  • 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.
  • This course is not a forum for disputation over key themes. Students are encouraged to have vigorous dialogue in the public forums. Your co-instructor, Dr. David P. Seemuth, will monitor and interact with you. In so doing, we will keep the tone of the conversation full of love and respect even when disagreeing with certain conclusions.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Course 'Paul and His Letter to the Romans'
Welcome to the Course by Prof. N.T. Wright
Preview
02:42
Introduction to Paul's Letter to the Romans with Prof. N.T. Wright
Preview
20:03
11 questions

Students will be challenged to remember the details of what Prof. Wright presents in this first full lecture covering some introductory matters.

Session One: Royal and Priestly Message of Romans with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:10
Quiz on the Royal and Priestly Message of Romans with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Session Two: Righteousness of God in Romans with Prof. N.T. Wright
16:28
Quiz on the Righteousness of God in Romans with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Processing Ideas and Probing Questions #1
Article
Section 2: Paul and His Letter to the Romans–The First Symphonic Movement
Session Three: Romans 1-4 Overview with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:24
Quiz on Romans 1-4 Overview with Prof. N.T. Wright
6 questions
Section 3: The Opening of the Letter, the Theme, and the First Step in the Argument
Romans 1:1-17 KNT
Article
Romans 1:1-17 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
Preview
02:32
Session Four: Romans 1:1-7 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:03
Quiz on Romans 1:1-7 with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Session Five: Romans 1:8-17 with Prof. N.T. Wright
20:21
Quiz on Romans 1:8-17 with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Processing Ideas and Probing Questions #2
Article
Section 4: The Human Predicament in Stark Contrast with God's Perspective
Romans 1:18-2:16 KNT
Article
Romans 1:18-2:16 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
04:53
Session Six: Romans 1:18-32 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:30
Quiz on Romans 1:18-32 with Prof. N.T. Wright
7 questions
Session Seven: Romans 2:1-16 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:06
Quiz on Romans 2:1-16 with Prof. N.T. Wright
7 questions
Romans 2:17-3:20 KNT
Article
Romans 2:17-29 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
02:07
Session Eight: Romans 2:17-29 Prof. N.T. Wright
15:19
Quiz on Romans 2:17-29 with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Romans 3:1-20 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
02:41
Session Nine: Romans 3:1-20 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:03
Quiz on Romans 3:1-20 with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Processing Ideas and Probing Questions #3
Article
Section 5: God's Faithfulness Put In Contrast to and Giving Answer to the Human Predicament
Romans 3:21-4:25 KNT
Article
Session Ten: Romans 3:21-4:25 with Prof. N.T. Wright
11:15
Quiz on Rom 3:21-4:25 with Prof. N.T. Wright
6 questions
Romans 3:21-31 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
02:04
Session Eleven: Romans 3:21-26 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:10
Quiz on Rom 3:21-26 with Prof. N.T. Wright
10 questions
Session Twelve: Romans 3:21-26 (cont.) with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:43
Quiz on Rom 3:21-26 (cont.) with Prof. N.T. Wright
9 questions
Session Thirteen: Romans 3:27-31 with Prof. N.T. Wright
13:51
Quiz on Romans 3:27-31 with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Romans 4:1-25 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
04:17
Session Fourteen: Romans 4:1-25 with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:12
Session Fifteen: Romans 4:1-25 (cont.) with Prof. N.T. Wright
11:32
Quiz on Romans 4:1-25 with Prof. N.T. Wright
12 questions
Processing Ideas and Probing Questions #4
Article
Section 6: Paul and His Letter to the Romans–The Second Symphonic Movement
Session Sixteen: Romans 5–8 Overview with Prof. N.T. Wright
17:25
Quiz on Romans 5–8 Overview with Prof. N.T. Wright
8 questions
Romans 5:1-21 KNT
Article
Romans 5:1-11 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
01:55
Session Seventeen: Romans 5:1-11 with Prof. N.T. Wright
15:21
Romans 5:12-21 Reading with Prof. N.T. Wright
02:24
Session Eighteen: Romans 5:12-21 with Prof. N.T. Wright
18:37
Quiz on Romans 5:1-21 with Prof. N.T. Wright
12 questions
Processing Ideas and Probing Questions #5
Article
Section 7: Questions and Answers with Prof. N.T. Wright
Romans 1-4 Q&A with Prof. N.T. Wright
14:12

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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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