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Lecture 10: 2 Corinthians, Romans, and the Prison Epistles (Part 1)

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The outline and summary of the content of 2 Corinthians includes themes like financial stewardship and Christians being "ambassadors of reconciliation." Romans finds its theme in 1:16-17, the Gospel is the power of God for salvation for both Jews and Greeks. The books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon are known as the "Prison Epistles." (50 min.)

2 Corinthians, Romans, and the Prison Epistles (Part 1)


I. 2 Corinthians

A. Background

1. Mixed Reactions to the Previous Letter (2:1-4)

2. Different ’Tones’ in Chapters 1-9 and 10-13

3. A Proposed Resolution

4. Evidence of Another Letter

5. Date: AD 56

B. Problems in Outlining

1. The Hardest Letter of Paul to Outline

2. The Possibility of Different Letters

3. The Possibility of Jewish Thinking

4. The Possibility of Symmetry and Parallelism

C. Key Theological Themes in 2 Corinthians

1. The Role of Suffering in the Christian Life (1:3-11)

2. Being Ambassadors of Reconciliation (5:11-21)

3. Not Being Unequally Yoked (6:14-7:1)

4. Financial Stewardship (8:1-9:15)

5. Paul’s Authority (11:21-33)

6. Dealing with a “Thorn in the Flesh” (12:1-10)

D. Key Applications

II. Romans

A. Background

1. Recipients: Christians in Rome

2. Purpose


Date: A.D. 57

B. Outline

1. Thesis: Not Ashamed of the Gospel (1:16-17)

2. God’s Wrath against Ungodliness (1:18–3:20)

3. Justification by Faith (3:21–5:21)

4. Sanctification through the Spirit (6:1–8:39)

5. The Role of Israel in God’s Plan of Salvation (9:1–11:36)

6. The Ethics of Christian Living (12:1-15:13)

7. Conclusion (15:14–16:27)

C. Key Applications from Romans

III. The Prison Epistles (Part 1)

A. Background

1. The Books

2. The Author

3. Recipients

4. Date

B. Exegetical Highlights

1. Philemon

2. Colossians

3. Ephesians


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1 Understanding the New Testament - Quiz 10

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