Paul and His Letter to the Ephesians
The 40 days of Lent are a time of preparation for Easter. Many people set themselves a specific Lenten 'discipline' – e.g. they join a Lenten study group, read a devotional book, study the Scriptures on a daily basis, set aside more time for prayer, or recommit themselves to weekly worship.
This Lent, I have signed up for an N.T. Wright Online course titled Paul and His Letter to the Ephesians. The publicity blurb says:
“Prof. N.T. Wright, renowned biblical scholar and historian, will walk you through Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This course begins with the big picture of God’s ultimate intention of bringing forth the joining of ‘heaven’ and ‘earth’, reuniting what had been fractured long ago. Paul explains that, through the Messiah, God has brought together one new humanity.
"This new family of God will lead to a different way of thinking, speaking, and living. In addition, attention is given to the reality of the unseen world as it plays out in the lives of this New Family which lives in unity and holiness. Dig deep into the New Testament through studying this wonderful and practical epistle.
This course is meant to take around thirteen weeks to complete. While you may take the course at your own pace, you are encouraged to take time to reflect upon the material presented in the textbook and in the lectures.
The textbook is Prof. Wright’s commentary on Philippians in the Paul for Everyone series published by John Knox Press in the U.S. and SPCK in the UK.
"The structure of the course includes:
Lectures by Prof. Wright
Practice exercises to help you integrate what you learn with your everyday way of thinking and living
Quizzes to assess comprehension
Interaction with Prof. David Seemuth, your co-instructor for the course
Interaction with the biblical text itself
"If you are interested in a deeper knowledge of this important letter from the apostle Paul, then you will want to enroll in this course.”
The course is normally $105 but if you sign up before 1 March it is discounted to $45.