Witherington, pp. 129-146; 159-168; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Romans 5:12-21
1. Why would Gentiles not understand the meaning of the term "Christ"?
2. Why would the phrase, "Christ crucified," have shock value for Jewish
listeners? Crucified is cursed by any
1. What does the term "parousia" mean? Presence or arrival. Used to talk about the
arrival of a victorious general or king in battle. Paul is thinking about jesus coming.
2. When does Paul expect the parousia to occur? 1 thessalonians 5:1 Paul thinks the
Witherington, pp. 300-16; 1 Cor. 12-14.
1. What does the term ekklesia mean? Church or churches. Paul uses this word to
describe the Christian community. Old Testament word for it is gahal which
means assembly of Gods people. Politically, people are looke
Witherington, pp. 300-16; Blackboard: Meeks, First Urban Christians, pp. 142-57; 1 Cor.
12-14; Romans 6:1-11; Galatians 3:27-29.
1. What is baptism? Means dunking. Total bodily immersion in water.
2. What does the term mean? Baptisma= dunking
3. How were
1. According to Paul, who were the two people that the risen Christ appeared
to that were not among Jesus' followers during his earthly ministry?
2. In what liturgical forms was early Christology expressed?
3. What associations are there between Wisdom an
N.T. Wright, "Paul's Gospel and Caesar's Empire."
1. According to Wright, what is the problem that Paul's gospel is confronting?
People viewed the gospel as the news or celebration of Ceasar, not what he
wanted them to view the gospel as Jesus returning t
Witherington, pp. 38-75; Romans 4:1-25; Romans 11:28-36.
1. Why does Paul believe that Abraham is the ancestor of all
Christians? Abraham had the first great example of faith. When he wants
to reflect on matters such as a right relationship with God, fait
Witherington, pp. 1-5; 9-30; Romans 7:7-25.
1. Why is studying a tapestry an appropriate metaphor for studying
Paul's thought world? Four parts: Story of the world gone wrong, story of
Israel and the world, story of Christ, story of Christians. Story of t
Witherington, pp. 215-44; Acts 9:1-19, Acts 22:1-16, Acts 26:1-18; Galatians 1:12-23.
1. Where was Paul born?
2. Was Paul a Roman citizen? Greek, Roman and Jewish. Greek- Pauls letters
are all written in Greek. When you study the Greek in his letters, his
1. What does Paul mean by calling the Law a "yoke of slavery"? in light
of Christ, for him, to seek to be justified before god by way of the law was
to fall away from grace.
2. According to Romans 2:29, what is Paul's essential definition of a