REL2034

Journeys of Paul

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The course is an introduction to the Apostle Paul, including his background, conversion experience, missionary journeys, message, and epistles.

UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:

  • Discussing the personal background of Saul of Tarsus, both as a Jew and as a Roman citizen.
  • Discussing the details and implications of Saul’s conversion experience.
  • Tracing significant events and places in Paul’s first mission journey.
  • Analyzing the significance of the Jerusalem Council as recorded in Acts 15.
  • Comparing Paul’s reflections on the Jerusalem council in his Epistle to the Galatians.
  • Explaining Paul’s theology of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in contrast with the Law of Moses.
  • Identifying co-workers in Paul’s ministry, especially Barnabas, Silas, John Mark, Luke, Timothy, Priscilla and Aquila, and Apollos.
  • Tracing key places and events in Paul’s second journey.
  • Describing the significance of ancient cities where Paul established churches such as Ephesus, Corinth, Thessalonica, and Athens.
  • Identifying the Gallio Inscription and explaining its significance in dating events in the first century church and the ministry of Paul.
  • Tracing key places and events in Paul’s third journey.
  • Describing the events leading up to Paul’s arrest and his voyage to Rome.
  • Identifying the core message of various Pauline epistles.
  • Tracing probable dates and places of writing the Prison Epistles.
  • Noting reasons some scholars question Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Epistles.
  • Discussing the impact of Paul’s work and theology on the development of Christianity.

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