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Mobile Ed: NT222 Introducing the Epistles and Revelation: Their Setting and Message
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Mobile Ed: NT222 Introducing the Epistles and Revelation: Their Setting and Message

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Overview

This course explores the books of Romans through Revelation with particular attention to their historical setting and culture. In addition to providing an overview of each book, topics such as authorship, audience, theology, major themes, presenting problems and pastoral strategies are discussed in depth.

For more expert instruction on the New Testament background, see Dr. Craig Evans’ Mobile Ed: Craig A. Evans New Testament Backgrounds Bundle.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand Paul’s pastoral goals and strategies for each of his letters
  • Explain controversies concerning authorship, pseudonymity and authority of various letters
  • Describe important cultural practices such as patronage, reciprocity, honor and shame
  • Draw nearer to Jesus as you explore NT Christology across numerous texts
  • Understand the challenges first-century Christians faced when they rejected their pagan roots
  • Evaluate your own conduct and attitudes as Paul, Peter, John and others speak to you from the ancient past

Course Outline

Introduction

  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course
  • Our Scripture Is Somebody Else’s Mail

Unit 1: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

  • Introducing Paul the Persecutor
  • Introducing Paul the Preacher
  • Introduction to the Galatian Church
  • Gospel of the Rivals
  • Paul’s Goal for His Converts
  • Who Are You Going to Trust?
  • Life in the Spirit

Unit 2: The Thessalonian Letters

  • The Situation in Thessalonica
  • Timothy’s Visit
  • Insulating the Converts from Social Shame
  • Affirming the Christian’s Honor
  • Answering the Converts’ Questions
  • Authorship of Second Thessalonians
  • Paul’s Goals for Second Thessalonians
  • Paul and the Thessalonians: Continued Ministry and Reflections

Unit 3: The Corinthian Letters

  • The City of Corinth
  • History of Paul’s Relationship with the Corinthians
  • Second Corinthians: One Letter or Many?
  • Pastoral Issues of First Corinthians: Part 1
  • Pastoral Issues of First Corinthians: Part 2
  • Paul’s Reflections on Ministry
  • Paul on Stewardship
  • Did Second Corinthians Work?

Unit 4: The Letter to the Romans

  • Introducing Paul’s Letter to the Romans
  • Romans 1–8 as Pastoral Word
  • Romans 9–15 as Pastoral Word
  • Paul’s Personal Goals for Romans
  • Suggestions for Further Exploration

Unit 5: Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians

  • The Story behind Philemon
  • Paul’s Goals for Philemon
  • Paul’s Strategy in Philemon
  • The Problem in Colossae
  • Paul’s Goals for Colossians
  • Authorship of Colossians
  • Colossians as an Authentic Pauline Letter
  • Authorship of Ephesians
  • Situation behind Ephesians
  • Central Theme of Ephesians
  • Contributions of Colossians and Ephesians

Unit 6: The Letter to the Philippians

  • Paul’s Relationship with the Philippians
  • Location of Paul in Philippians
  • One Letter or Several?
  • The Reason for Philippians
  • Paul’s Strategy in Philippians

Unit 7: Letters to Paul’s Delegates (Timothy and Titus)

  • The Implied Setting of the Pastoral Letters
  • The Question of Authenticity: Part 1
  • The Question of Authenticity: Part 2
  • The Question of Authenticity: Part 3
  • The Question of Authenticity: Part 4
  • Principal Emphases of the Pastoral Epistles: Part 1
  • Principal Emphases of the Pastoral Epistles: Part 2
  • Ongoing Challenge of the Pastorals

Unit 8: The Letter “To the Hebrews”

  • Introduction to Hebrews and Audience
  • Addressees’ Background and Presenting Challenges
  • Who Wrote Hebrews?
  • The Pastoral Strategy of Hebrews
  • Despising Shame
  • Reinterpreting Experiences of Disgrace
  • Nurturing a Supportive Faith Community
  • Responding to Divine Grace with Appropriate Gratitude: Part 1
  • Responding to Divine Grace with Appropriate Gratitude: Part 2
  • Contributions of Hebrews to Early Christianity

Unit 9: The Epistle of James

  • Introduction to James
  • James as Wisdom Literature
  • James and Paul
  • Major Emphases of James: Part 1
  • Major Emphases of James: Part 2

Unit 10: The First Letter of Peter

  • Pastoral Challenge of First Peter
  • Who Wrote First Peter, and When?
  • Peter’s Pastoral Response and Rhetorical Strategy
  • Reinterpreting Experiences of Disgrace
  • Redefining the “Real” Challenge
  • Shaping Relationships with Outsiders and Insiders

Unit 11: Jude and Second Peter

  • Introducing Jude and Second Peter
  • The Epistle of Jude and Its Setting
  • Pastoral Challenge and Authorship of Second Peter
  • Grace and Response in Second Peter
  • Censuring and Answering the Opponents
  • Contributions of Jude and Second Peter

Unit 12: The Johannine Letters

  • Introducing the Johannine Letters
  • Authorship and Genre
  • Believing Means Loving
  • Sin and Righteousness

Unit 13: The Revelation of John

  • The Genres of Revelation
  • Who Wrote Revelation?
  • The Date of Revelation
  • The Situation of the Addressees: Part 1
  • The Situation of the Addressees: Part 2
  • The Public Story of Rome
  • The Public Image of the Emperors
  • John’s Unveiling
  • John’s Goals
  • Keeping the Words of this Prophecy

Conclusion

  • Enfleshing the Challenge of the New Testament

Product Details

  • Title: NT222 Introducing the Epistles and Revelation: Their Setting and Message
  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 12

About the Instructor

David A. deSilva PhD, is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he has taught since 1995. He has written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism, including Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning, The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude, and Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation. He’s ordained in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and serves as director of music and organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Ashland. He and his wife, Donna Jean, have three sons.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course comes with an Activities resource that functions as a type of “workbook” for the course. This resource includes learning activities such as: places for you to respond to reflection questions, exercises that will challenge and show you how deepen your understanding of this course by using specific Logos tools and resources, tutorial videos on different features of Logos Bible Software, and links to relevant Logos guides and tools. A link to open the Activities resource is conveniently placed at the end of every segment.