Discuss the occasion and purpose for the writing of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Who were the opponents of Paul in Thessalonica?
November 30, 2017
Describe two contemporary challenges to the New Testament portrayal of Jesus. How important is accurate historical information in providing a foundation for believing and accepting the gospel message? How would you respond to these views if brought up in a conversation with a non-Christian?
November 30, 2017

Forum 4 Discussion
You must answer 2 sections of the questions below. Support your answers with the information found in your textbooks, but also feel free to use critical outside sources to add to the conversation as needed. Cite all sources using current Turabian format. Restate the questions to which you are responding at the beginning of each thread. Post a single thread; do not post a separate thread for each section of questions. Then reply to the threads of 2 different classmates by Sunday evening. Do not duplicate your replies to different classmates; each reply must be original to the specific thread of the student with whom you are interacting.

  1. Describe Paul’s background. Discuss the relevant issues regarding determining a chronology of Paul’s life. How important is the book of Acts in this procedure? Offer a brief overview of Paul’s life and his missionary activities. What do you think was Paul’s mission strategy, and what parts do you think Christians can utilize today?
  2. Who sparked the “New Perspective” on Paul, and what is the title of his major work? What is the label this scholar affixes to first-century Judaism? What has the “New Perspective” correctly emphasized, and how should it be critiqued? If you were asked to explain Paul’s basic gospel message, what would you say were the important parts? How would you explain the current discussion on Paul to a person unfamiliar with the church?
  3. Discuss the occasion and purpose for the writing of Galatians. Who were the opponents of Paul in Galatia? What was the nature of the opponents’ doctrine and how did Paul respond to it?
  4. Discuss the issues regarding the location of the churches to which Paul wrote Galatians. Give your view of whether the region referred to as “Galatia” represents a Northern or Southern Galatia. Defend your view. Why is the location of the church important?

Your thread is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module/Week 4. Your replies are due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the same module/week.

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