Letters to Colossae: Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians

Speaker(s): James I. Packer
Date: July 13-24, 2009
Length: 20:28:08
Product ID: RGDL3926S

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A guess worth exploring is that Paul's letter to the Ephesians was a circular letter to churches in Asia Minor, written after Colossians was composed, and that the letter to the Laodiceans which the Colossians were to acquire and read was Laodicea's copy of the circular. However this may be, Colossians and Ephesians form a pair, and it is illuminating to study them side by side. This course will do that, covering Colossians (and Philemon) in the first week and Ephesians in the second.
This course will span the disciplines of exegesis, biblical theology, and systematic theology. When we are clear what Paul was communicating to his intended readership, we shall try to rethink and restate it for our time. Greek will be referred to, but the basis of study will be the English text, as in ESV, NLT, or either version of NIV. Lectures Include:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introduction to Colossians
  • Colossians Overview
  • Colossians 1
  • Colossians 2
  • Colossians 3 - 4:1
  • Colossians 4; Introduction to Ephesians
  • Ephesians 1
  • Ephesians 2
  • Ephesians 3
  • Ephesians 4 - 5:21
  • Ephesians 5:22-33
  • Ephesians 6
  • Philemon; Questions and Answers

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James I. Packer is the Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College. His many books include Knowing God and Rediscovering Holiness.

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