The Letters of Paul

Some Themes in Paul

Unity in Jesus (1Cor 1:12) (Gal 3:28 ) (Phlm 1 :16) NB since it is faith which unites people as "sons of Abraham" (Gal 3:24) unity is directly connected with . . .

Justification by faith not works (i.e. the law), (Rom 3:1-4) (Rom 4:1-25), (Rom 5:1-11) (Rom 9:30-33).

Ethical and moral behavior. (Rom 12:1-15 ). The theme of sexuality in Paul is of interest.
(1 Cor 5), (1Cor 6:12-20 ) and 1 Cor ch. 7ff. NB "situational ethics" eg. eating meat (dedicated to idols) "nothing is unclean in itself" (Rom 14:14).

"Apocalyptic Expectations," especially "The Day Of the Lord" where the "Day" is seen as wrathful and punitive.
See (1 Thess 1:10) (1 Thess 5:1-9) (Gal 1:4) (1 Cor 7:31).

"Spiritual gifts" (1 Cor Chs.12-14) See esp. (1 Cor 14:18-19) on glossolalia.

Resurrection. (1 Cor 15:12-18) (1 Cor 15:50-52) (Rom 6:4-11) Cf. Appearances of the Risen Lord to Paul according to the epistles:- (1 Cor 9:1) (1Cor 15:8) (Gal 1:16). According to Acts:- (Acts 9:1ff) (Acts 22:4-11) (Acts 26:9-18) see also (Gal 1:17)

(Note references in Paul to women as leaders in the Church
Chloe - (1 Cor 1:11)
Phoebe - (Rom 16:1);
Prisca - (Rom 16:3)
Mary - (Rom 16:6)



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