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Mobile Ed: NT395 Perspectives on Paul: Reformation and the New Perspective
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Mobile Ed: NT395 Perspectives on Paul: Reformation and the New Perspective

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Lexham Press 2016

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Overview

Modern interpreters of Paul’s writings have typically assessed these texts in light of the exegetical and theological work of John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Philip Melanchthon. In the last few decades, a contrasting interpretive outlook—the “New Perspective” on Paul—has been articulated and developed by N.T. Wright and other scholars. This New Perspective, relying on a different set of assumptions regarding the Jewish context in which Paul lived and wrote, presents a different understanding of many of Paul’s core teachings. This Mobile Ed course offers a focused description of both the traditional perspective and the New Perspective, comparing them to one another and allowing students to assess Paul’s view of man, conscience, and sin. You will be led through an example text, providing you with interpretation skills that will allow you to explore the New Testament and determine the true relationship between faith and works in each text.

Master more challenging biblical topics. This course is included in Mobile Ed: Tough Topics Bundle (5 courses).

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Relate works to justification in light of Jesus’ sacrifice
  • Examine any text within the writings of Paul according to the instructor’s methodology

Course Outline

Unit 1: The Context of the Class: A Pauline Revolution

  • The Influence of the Reformation: Part 1
  • The Influence of the Reformation: Part 2
  • The Challenge of the Reformers
  • The Nature of Reception History

Unit 2: What Is the New Perspective on Paul?

  • A New View of Judaism: Part 1
  • A New View of Judaism: Part 2
  • A New View of the "Works of the Law"
  • A New View of Paul’s Conscience
  • A New View of Justification: Part 1
  • A New View of Justification: Part 2
  • Perceived Strenghts of the New Perspectve on Paul
  • The New Perspective on Paul and the Reformers

Unit 3: The Human Plight apart from Christ

  • Paul’s Anthropology: Sin in Contemporary Scholarship: Part 1
  • Paul’s Anthropology: Sin in Contemporary Scholarship: Part 2
  • Paul’s Anthropology: The Flesh in Reformation Scholarship
  • Paul’s Anthropology: The Flesh in Contemporary Scholarship
  • Misunderstanding the Reformers: Paul’s Conscience
  • Misunderstanding the Reformers: the Law and the Conscience
  • The Human Plight Apart From Christ: Conclusion

Unit 4: Salvation in Christ: Establishing the Issues

  • Introducing Three Key Issues in Paul’s Soteriology
  • Salvation in Christ: Medieval Paraphrase and Paradigm
  • Salvation in Christ: Reformation Paraphrase and Paradigm
  • Salvation in Christ: New Perspective Paraphrase and Paradigm

Unit 5: Salvation in Christ: The Works of the Law

  • The Works of the Law: The Exegetical Nature of Disagreement
  • The Works of the Law: The Nature of Judaism
  • The Works of the Law: Exegetical Data Supporting the New Persepective on Paul
  • The Works of the Law: Exegetical Data Supporting Reformation Perspectives
  • The Works of the Law: Texts Emphasizing Ethical Achievement
  • What of Gal 2:16 Itself?
  • Conclusions on the Exegetical Debate Concerning the Works of the Law

Unit 6: Salvation in Christ: Justification by Faith

  • The Implied View of the Reformers
  • Justification: Introducing Martin Luther
  • Luther on Christ Present in Faith
  • Luther on Living an Alien Life: Part 1
  • Luther on Living an Alien Life: Part 2
  • Conclusion on Luther
  • Introduction to Philip Melanchthon
  • Melanchthon’s Own Contribution
  • Melanchthon and Renewal: Part 1
  • Melanchthon and Renewal: Part 2
  • Introducing John Calvin
  • Justification and Union with Christ in Calvin
  • Calvin on Justification: The Bond of the Spirit
  • The Reformers and Justification: Some Conclusions
  • Incorporated Righteousness

Unit 7: Salvation in Christ: Faith in Christ/Faithfulness of Christ

  • The Pistis Christou Debate: Translation Options
  • The Pistis Christou Debate: What is at Stake: Part 1
  • The Pistis Christou Debate: What is at Stake: Part 2
  • The Pistis Christou Debate: What is at Stake: Part 3

Unit 8: Good Works in Relation to Justification by Faith and Union with Christ

  • The Works of the Believer
  • Gal 5:6 and Faith Formed by Love: Part 1
  • Gal 5:6 and Faith Formed by Love: Part 2
  • The Works of Faith and Justification: Part 1
  • The Works of Faith and Justification: Part 2

Unit 9: Romans 4 as Test Text

  • Introduction: Why Is This Text So Central?
  • Reformaton Trajectories
  • Introduction to N.T. Wright on Romans 4
  • Strengths of N.T. Wright on Romans 4
  • Weaknesses of N.T. Wright on Romans 4: Part 1
  • Weaknesses of N.T. Wright on Romans 4: Part 2
  • Weaknesses of N.T. Wright on Romans 4: Part 3
  • Conclusions on Romans 4: Part 1
  • Conclusions on Romans 4: Part 2

Unit 10: Reflections on the Perspectives

  • The Advances of the New Perspective on Paul
  • Problems with the New Perspective on Paul
  • Reconciliation of the Perspectives
  • Ministry Implications: Part 1
  • Ministry Implications: Part 2
  • Ministry Implications: Part 3

Product Details

  • Title: NT395 Perspectives on Paul: Reformation and the New Perspective
  • Instructor: Stephen Chester
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 7

About Stephen Chester

Stephen J. Chester is academic dean and professor of New Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, the seminary of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He appreciates North Park as a context where “the life of the mind, the goal of practical ministry, and the need for a deep devotional life are held together as equal values.” Dr. Chester is from the UK and came to North Park in 2006, having previously served on the faculty of International Christian College, Glasgow. He is ordained in the Church of Scotland, and is the author of Conversion at Corinth: Perspectives on Conversion in Paul’s Theology and the Corinthian Church and one of the coauthors of Perspectives on our Struggle with Sin: Three Views of Romans 7. He has become deeply interested in the history of Pauline interpretation and is currently writing Righteousness in Christ: Paul, the Reformers, and the New Perspective (forthcoming).

Dr. Chester’s ministry commitments and experiences have largely been in urban contexts. He is married to Betsy, a kindergarten teacher, and they have two adult sons, Iain and Mark. They are members of Immanuel Evangelical Covenant Church, a multiethnic church in a diverse neighborhood. Stephen enjoys his family, watching and refereeing soccer, and pitching in Chicago softball.

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.