Thinking Through Paul

Thinking Through Paul

Taught by Todd Still, Bruce W. Longenecker

In the Thinking through Paul course, New Testament scholars Bruce W. Longenecker and Todd D. Still provide a thorough, college or seminary level introduction to the life of the apostle Paul and the New Testament books he authored.

Course Details

  • 15 Units (including midterm and final)

  • Self-paced

  • 6.5 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Thinking Through Paul

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Course Description

The study of Paul and his letters can be exciting, challenging, and life-changing, but only if it is done well and if students achieve more than a basic familiarity with the subject. This is exactly what Pauline experts Bruce W. Longenecker and Todd D. Still accomplish with the Thinking Through Paul course.

Longenecker and Still bring decades of study and expertise to Thinking through Paul, challenging students to delve deeply into Paul’s writings and to wrestle with his richly-layered and dynamic theological discourse.

Seeking to situate their study of the apostle in proper perspective, Longenecker and Still first look at Paul’s life before and after his encounter with the risen Christ en route to Damascus, then examine each of Paul’s letters individually, and finally synthesize the Pauline writings to highlight the main strands of Paul’s theologizing—all the while keeping in mind the particular context of first-century Christianity. Both engaging and easy to follow, the Thinking through Paul course is ideal for formal students and independent learners alike.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • greater familiarity with Paul’s life and the significance of his writings
  • insight into the theological themes of Paul’s New Testament books
  • a broader grasp of overarching Pauline emphases
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and personalized review sessions that include award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

Todd Still

Ph. D., University of Glasgow, Scotland

Todd Still serves as the dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to having written Colossians for the revised edition of The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Dr. Still is the author of Conflict at Thessalonica as well as Philippians & Philemon. He is also the (co-) editor of several volumes (including Jesus and Paul Reconnected, After the First Urban Christians, and Tertullian and Paul) and has published articles in such scholarly journals as New Testament Studies, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Bruce W. Longenecker

PhD, University of Durham, England

Bruce W. Longenecker is professor of religion and W. W. Melton Chair at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has previously taught at the University of St. Andrews, Cambridge University, and the University of Durham. He is the author of several books, including Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World, and The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World.

Course Outline

  • A Survey of Paul’s Life and Letters

  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians

  • Galatians

  • 1 Corinthians

  • 2 Corinthians

  • Romans

  • Philippians

  • Philemon and Colossians

  • Ephesians

  • The Pastoral Letters

  • The Apocalyptic Narrative of Theological Discourse

  • Paul’s Theological Narrative and Other Macro-Narratives of His Day

  • Paul’s Theological Narrative and the Micro-Narratives of Jesus Groups


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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

This course is part of the Biblical Studies Program. Programs are groups of courses that, when taken together, provide you with an in-depth knowledge about an area of study. When you pass the entire program, you’ll receive a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Learn more about this 5-course series.

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