Details for The Prison Epistles
The letters of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written from prison and yet deal with some of the most liberating concepts imaginable. We know Ephesians from its famous spiritual warfare passage, but what exactly did Paul picture as the greatest of all battles? Philippians is a letter of instruction, providing models to follow. In it we will find Paul, Jesus, Timothy and Epaphroditus offered as those whom we should seek to copy. Colossians is an enigma one needs to play detectives trying to recover from the clues what Paul was likely confronting. Finally, Philemon is gigantic in its implications contrary to its miniature word length. Time spent with these letters will be richly rewarded and equip us for life in multiple dimensions; spiritual, relational, personal and corporate. Specifically, these four letters from captivity will release any of us from unconscious imprisoning ideas.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: BIB252
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit The Prison Epistles is part of the subject area Biblical Studies and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Applied Theology (Korean) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
To examine the so-called Prison or Captivity letters ascribed to Paul; Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon. The issues of pseudonymity, literary dependency and the various world-views developed from the text(s) are examined.
- Genre identification
- Compare/contrast Pauline/Deutero Pauline literature
- Occasion and Purpose; Rhetorical Strategy; Narrative world
- Exegesis of individual texts
- Application to ministry
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, guided discussion, guided exegesis, web based/electronic interaction
Exegetical Essay (50%, 2500 words); Forum Postings (20%, 2500 words); Exam (30%)
- Fee, G.D. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1995.
- O’Brien P.T. The Letter to the Ephesians, Pillar Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999
- Arnold, C.E. Ephesians: Power and Magic. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.
- Dunn, J.D.G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
- Fee, G.D. Philippians. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
- Hooker, M.D. ‘The Letter to the Philippians’.In The New Interpreter’s Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.
- Meeks, W.A. The First Urban Christians: the Social World of the Apostle Paul. New Haven: YUP, 1983.
- McDonald, M.Y. Colossians and Ephesians. SP17, Collegville: Liturgical Press, 2000.
- Perkins, P. ‘The Letter to the Ephesians’. In The New Interpreter’s Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000, vol. XI.
- Schnackenburg, R. Ephesians. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1991.
- Thompson, M.M.Colossians & Philemon. THNTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.