New Testament Theology: The Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts
The overall objective of this course is to lay the foundation for a lifetime of work in the Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts, introducing the student to all of the essential processes and resources necessary to frame in a biblical theology of the Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts, and to a process of moving from biblical theology to theology in culture. Specifically, this means that each person studying the course would:
Develop an overall understanding of the Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts, including the development of a canonical intent statement that integrates the authors’ intention and literary design and the role this literature plays in relation to the other sections of the New Testament canon.
Develop skill in handling the special literature of the Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts—majoring on the unique combination of Graeco-Roman letters and biography, as well as paying attention to the over-arching role that Luke-Acts played in shaping the Pauline corpus.
Develop an author’s intention statement for each book, which pays careful attention to the literary design; develop a theology of each book, which develops the author’s emphasis of crafting his theological ideas.
Develop a theology of Luke-Acts as a whole, which again, respects the literary design and identifies the careful crafting of the author’s theological ideas, identifying both themes and rhemes.
- Develop a framework for beginning to use the Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts in both life and ministry, including framing in a couple of future series ideas for preaching from the Pauline Epistles and Luke-Acts.