Invitiation to Romans

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Invitation to Romans -- Nine Weeks


It is difficult to overstate the importance of Romans in Christian tradition. Some of the great formers and re-formers of church teaching were themselves formed by their reading of Romans. As a result, Paul’s teachings in Romans come to us mediated through the history of the church’s interpretations of his letter.

The challenge of reading Romans, then, is to learn to have our own interpretive conversation with the text itself, in spite of centuries of commentary on the text. One of the aims of this study is to invite us into conversation around several key themes:
  1. Paul’s emphasis on communal salvation;
  2. the centrality of God’s righteousness; and
  3. the relationship between Jews and Gentiles and the relationship of both to God.

Study Contents

  1. An Orientation to Romans
  2. The Righteousness of God and the Faith of Jesus
  3. Abraham, Father of All
  4. Christ, the New Adam
  5. Sin, Law, and Grace
  6. Divine Purpose and Human Responsibility
  7. The Salvation of Israel and the Nations
  8. Love and Humility Are the Making of God’s Kingdom

Author: Pamela M. Eisenbaum - Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.

In addition to the author, video segments feature these scholars:

  • Bill J. Leonard - Dean and Professor of Church History, The Divinity School at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Mark Reasoner - Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, the Department of Religious Studies at Bethel University at St. Paul, MN.
  • Michael E. Williams - Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville, TN, and Series Editor for The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible.