Bible Studies, Messages, Papers

The mosaic of Paul in St. Sophia, in Kiev, from 1000 AD.  The oldest known depiction of the apostle Paul is from a painting in the Catacombs of St. Thecla in Rome in the 4th century.  This mosaic portrays Paul in much the same way (see here).  The military conflict between Kiev and Constantinople concluded when Kievan Princess Olga was baptized in 955 or 957, and her grandson Vladimir made Kiev a Christian state.  Photo credit:  Google Art Project | Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.


bible studies and messages from the anastasis center: paul

Below are small group leader notes, sermons, and exegetical notes on Paul’s letters.

We make the best of modern biblical scholarship, along with early Christian exegesis, relevant and practical.

Notes and Essays on Paul

Paul's Letters and Christian Political Identity in the First Century World

Paul's Language of Motivation:  Our Union with Christ  

Paul's Terminology for the Human Person

Paul's View of Headship in Marriage: How 1 Corinthians Interprets Ephesians and Colossians

Slavery in the Bible, Slavery Today (and ppt)

Women in Church Leadership part 1 and part 2

Women in Church Leadership and Biblical Translation

Whose Family? Which Union?  Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes

Romans 9 - 11: Predestination and Free Will, Hardening of Hearts, Outreach to the Jewish Community (ppt)

Books and Articles on Paul's Writings, General

Gordon D. Fee, Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God (pdf book, 1996)

N.T. Wright, New Perspectives on Paul (N.T. Wright Page, Aug 2003) and

Michael F. Bird, Ambrosiaster on "Works of the Law" (Patheos, Sep 28, 2013) and summary of positions; see Matthew J. Thomas, Paul's 'Works of the Law' in the Perspective of Second Century Reception (Amazon book, Aug 1, 2018) and summary by Scot McKnight, The New Perspective Is Earlier Than The Old Perspective (Patheos|Jesus Creed, Sep 24, 2018)

N.T. Wright, Gender and the Biblical Basis for Women's Service in the Church (video, 2004)

Dennis J. Preato, Empirical Data in Support of Egalitarian Marriages and A Fresh Perspective on Submission and Authority (God's Word to Women, Apr 23, 2004) note comments on Cyril, Theodore, and John Chrysostom and their engagement with 1 Corinthians and Ephesians based on an Athanasian view of the Trinity, where the Son is the power of the Father (1 Cor.1:24), rather than an Augustinian view of the Trinity, where the Son has power, but the Father has more

N.T. Wright, Paul's Gospel and Caesar's Empire (article, Sep 3, 2010)

David Instone-Brewer, Bible Scandals: Divorce (BeThinking, 2012) very important considerations for marital abuse cases

N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God (video, Jan 13, 2014)

N.T. Wright, How Paul Invented Christian Theology (video, Apr 25, 2014)

Michael Thate, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Douglas Campbell, "In Christ" in Paul (pdf book, Dec 1, 2014)

Scot McKnight, The Silence of Complementarians on Slavery (Patheos | Jesus Creed blog, Apr 25, 2016)

Liam Goligher, Is it Okay to Teach a Complementarianism Based on Eternal Subordination? (Mortification of Spin, Jun 3, 2016)

Liam Goligher, Reinventing God (Mortification of Spin, Jun 6, 2016)

N.T. Wright, If Creation is Through Christ, Evolution is What You'd Expect (BioLogos, Apr 24, 2017) short, excellent 4 minute reflection on Colossians 1 and Genesis 1

Matthew J. Thomas, Paul’s “Works of the Law” in the Perspective of Second Century Reception (Amazon book, Aug 2018) and interview Matthew J. Thomas - Paul’s Works of the Law (OnScript, 2018) shows that the “New Perspective” on Paul is correct. The “works of the Law” are specifically Jewish observances like circumcision, Sabbath, and kosher diet. It does not mean “moral effort” of any type. Thomas shows how Luther and Calvin failed to find grounding for their views in the early church writings, which is fatal for them.

Margaret Mowczko, The Household Codes Are About Power, Not Gender (Marg Mowczko blog, Feb 27, 2019)

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