What can the letters of Paul, the earliest Christian writings, teach you about living virtuously today? Find out in this brilliant Bible study course on three of Paul’s most important letters.
Faith, hope, and love. These three virtues first articulated by St. Paul have come to epitomize the Christian life. In this inspiring program, you will focus on three epistles—First Thessalonians and his two letters to the Corinthians—in order to see how Paul leads you to follow Christ today. As you enjoy these lectures, you will witness the development of the early Church, which has much to teach us in our own time.
You often hear these letters read at Mass, but how much do you really know about their context—and how that context relates to our day and age? In them, Paul was writing to two of the first churches in the budding Christian community. Each letter provides a glimpse at the concerns of the first Christians and the key components to living a Gospel life. For twenty-first century believers, these letters are particularly fascinating, as they tackle such ever-important reality as death, wealth inequality, sexual morality, and more.
Along the way, Fr. Collins will provide you with an in-depth study of the lexicon and historical context of these letters. With such a masterful scholar as your guide, you will come to understand Scripture as never before.
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Fr. Raymond F. Collins, S.T.D., is a renowned expert on the New Testament and a visiting scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. The former dean of the School of Religious Studies and professor of New Testament at The Catholic University of America, he has also served as a member of the faculty of theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where he was chair of the Programs in English, long-time editor of Louvain Studies, and rector of the American College. Fr. Collins earned his licentiate and doctoral degrees in Sacred Theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
He is the author and/or editor of twenty books on the New Testament, including An Introduction to the New Testament (1983) and major commentaries on First Corinthians (Sacra Pagina, 1999), 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (New Testament Library, 2002), and Second Corinthians (Paideia, 2013). An associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Fr. Collins has contributed to The Encyclopedia of Religion, The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, The Encyclopedia of Catholicism, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, and The New Interpreters’ Dictionary of the Bible. He has ...
- Beginning to Write
- Paul Gives Thanks to God
- The Thessalonians’ Experience
- An Exhortation
- An Eschatological Diptych
- A Lot to Say Before Time Runs Out
- Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians
- Images of Paul
- A Problem for Paul to Address
- A Couple of Divisive Issues
- Spiritual Gifts
- The Resurrection of Christ
- A Tough Letter
- Paul’s Travels and a Lost Letter
- Paul’s Reflections on Ministry
- Service to God’s Holy People
- The Fool’s Speech
- What’s Next?