Who Was Paul? An Introduction to His Life and Letters

Who Was Paul? An Introduction to His Life and Letters

Taught by Robert H. Gundry

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Course Details

  • 3 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 1 hour of video

  • Beginner

  • A Survey of the New Testament by Robert H. Gundry

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Course Description

You already know that Paul’s letters are some of the most well-known and most-cited books in the Bible.

In this course, you will get a comprehensive overview of Paul’s letters from one of today’s foremost New Testament scholars.

Robert Gundry is professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College. He is also the author of the bestselling New Testament Survey, which has been used by a generation of Bible college and seminary students.

In three lessons, you will work through each of Paul’s letters.

You will learn:

  • The style, contents, and techniques typically used in the writing of ancient letters
  • How Paul’s letters compare with other ancient letters
  • Why Paul’s Letter to the Galatians is crucial in the history of Christianity
  • The addresses, dates, occasions, purposes, and contents of Paul’s early letters
  • Paul’s connections and communications with the Corinthian church before and after the writing of 1 Corinthians
  • How and why the church in Corinth had sunk into the deplorable condition reflected in 1 Corinthians
  • The specific problems in the church at Corinth and Paul’s remedies for them
  • The three main topics in 2 Corinthians
  • The character of the churches in Rome
  • The theme and development of thought in Romans
  • Paul’s plans at the time of writing Romans
  • The various imprisonments from which Paul probably writes his Prison Letters
  • The interrelations of the Prison Letters
  • The circumstances that lead Paul to plead with Philemon on behalf of a runaway slave
  • Why Paul writes to the church in Colossae though he is unacquainted with them
  • The nature of the “Colossian heresy” as inferred from Paul’s correctives
  • The destination of the probably misnamed “Ephesians”
  • How the structure and distinctive theological emphasis of Ephesians compare with those of Colossians
  • What prompts the writing of Philippians
  • The attitudes and prospects of Paul when he writes Philippians and his concerns for the church in Philippi
  • What the Pastoral Letters are and why they are called that
  • The pros and cons of Pauline authorship of the Pastorals
  • Where the Pastorals fit in the chronology of Paul’s life
  • The instructions that the Pastorals give for the church’s ongoing life and the maintenance of Christian belief

This course will transform how you read Paul’s letters.

Meet Your Instructors

Robert H. Gundry

Ph.D., Manchester

Robert H. Gundry is a scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus of New Testament and Greek at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Among his books are Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross; Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church Under Persecution; Soma in Biblical Theology; and Jesus the Word according to John the Sectarian

Course Outline

  • Early Letters of Paul

  • Major Letters of Paul

  • Prison and Pastoral Letters of Paul


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