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St. Paul is perhaps the most well-known Christian to have walked this earth. He was an emphatic preacher, a zealous missionary, a caring pastor, and a prolific writer. At least thirteen of the twenty seven books of the New Testament are attributed to him and others beyond the thirteen have clear Pauline influence. Though Paul’s writings may tell us much about the man who wrote the letters, our interest in this class will be to study them as Scripture, the chief subject matter of which is God revealed in a different man—Jesus the Christ. Beginning with a careful reading of the Acts of the Apostles, we will observe how the mission of the Church is an extension of the mission of Christ. From there we will venture into the dense Pauline collection, attentive to how these writings continue to reveal Christ and to shape the Church which is his body.
This course is open to all who wish to encounter Christ and gain a deepened understanding of His Word. It is the sixth in a series of nine courses on the theme of Creation to New Creation, in which we continue our Journey through Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Students who missed the previous legs of the journey are welcome to join and will not be left behind. Whether you may take the course for personal enrichment, or to support your formal teaching, or to provide greater liturgical appreciation, this course is designed to deepen our knowledge of God and to move our hearts toward greater faith and devotion as we meet our Lord in the life-transforming message of Sacred Scripture.
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