REL 2020 W5 Reading Acts Paul- COURSE FIGHTER |

REL 2020 W5 Reading Acts Paul- COURSE FIGHTER |

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Rel 202: Assignment Week 5

Read Acts and “Reading Acts (Paul)” in the folder “Comments on Selected NT Texts” in Course Documents on Blackboard.

1.What features of Acts indicate that it is Luke’s second volume?

2.What makes the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem look like a new Israel?

3.Why does Paul’s passion look like Jesus’?

4.Why do Peter and Paul look alike?

5.What makes it clear that the resurrection is central to Acts literarily and theologically?

6.Explain how Luke 4:16-30 anticipates the story of Acts.

7.How is the “church” at the end of Acts different from the one at the beginning?

8.Why isn’t Acts’ Paul an apostle?

9.Explain “Una sancta apostolic” and the “fall from the golden age”?

10.What connects later Christians with Jesus in Acts?

11.How does Paul’s account of his conversion differ from those in Acts?

12.How does the portrait of Paul in Acts differ from that in Paul’s letters?

Rel 202: Assignment Week 6

Read Philemon, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, Galatians, 1 Corinthians, and “Reading Paul 1” in the folder “Comments on Selected NT Texts,” in Course Documents on Blackboard.

1.What are the genuine Pauline letters? The disputed?

2.Describe the format of Paul’s typical letter. How does 1 Thessalonians vary this format? Galatians?

3.What is the typical function of a Pauline letter?

4.What does it mean to say that Paul’s letters are “open-ended” stories?

5.What is rhetoric? What kinds of rhetorical appeals are there? Which does Paul use (most often)? What warrants does he appeal to for his arguments?

6.Describe the “puns” in Philemon.

7.What is the point of Philemon? What does Paul want Philemon to do?

8.What is Paul’s attitude to slavery?

9.Why did Paul write 1 Thessalonians?

10.How does 1 Thessalonians show Paul’s apocalyptic worldview?

11.Why do scholars question Paul’s authorship of 2 Thessalonians?

12.Who is the lawless one? The one who restrains?

13.Why did Paul write Philippians?

14.What is the theme/motif of Philippians?

15.How is Philippians like Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Romans?

16.Why did Paul write Galatians?

17.What is the other gospel?

18.What is Paul’s gospel? Pay particular attention to Galatians 2:15-21.

19.What does Paul mean by justification, faith, grace, law, and in Christ?

20.Explain Paul’s reading of scripture (the OT). Who is Abraham’s seed? What is the function of the law? What is peculiar, from a Jewish perspective, about Galatians 4:21-31? Who are God’s sons?

21.Compare 1 Corinthians 1-4 to pyramids of power and patrons.

22.What is conservative about 1 Corinthians 7? Apocalyptic? What is the significance of “as not”?

23.What are meats offered to idols?

24.Is Paul egalitarian or patriarchal? Explain both 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and 14:33-36.

25.Explain 1 Corinthians using the metaphor of the body (3 different meanings).

Rel 202: Assignment Week 7

Read 2 Corinthians, Romans, and “Reading Paul 2” in “Comments on Selected NT Texts” in Course Documents on Blackboard.

1.Why do scholars doubt the “integrity” of 2 Corinthians? I.e., why do they doubt it is one letter? How many letters are there?

2.According to Paul, where is God’s glory manifest? How does glory differ in Moses and in Christ?

3.How are 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 like Philemon?

4.Who are the super apostles?

5.Why did Paul write Romans?

6.What does it mean to be “in Christ”?

7.In Romans, does Paul have the salvation of the individual or the world in mind? Cite textual evidence for your position.

8.What is the “theodicy” problem in Romans? How does Paul resolve this problem?

9.What is the fate of Israel in Romans 9-11? Why is this important to Paul?

10.What HB materials is Paul’s outlook on “salvation” and Israel most like?

11.How does Paul’s “gospel” revise apocalyptic?

12.Use death/resurrection to explain Paul’s gospel, apostolic career, Christian life, and history of Israel.