In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally considers the resurrection message that figures so prominently in the book of Romans. Christ is validated by His rising from the dead: “He is who He said He was.” Returning again and again to this theme, Paul underscores the single event that distinguishes Christ’s earthly ministry. As we considered Paul’s emphasis, we engaged a discussion of the archeology surrounding Christ’s burial. While the Church of the Holy Sepulcher satisfies all the historical/biblical references, the Garden Tomb (Gordon’s Calvary) captures the pastoral setting of Christ’s burial chamber. While there’s a great debate with respect to which site is the actual place where Jesus was buried. Dr. Nunnally made the point that if you could cut and paste the Garden Tomb into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher — you’d have the best of both worlds. “The most important point in either case is, both tombs are empty.
In this session, Dr. Nunnally continues with an examination of the two lists of believers found in Romans 16. Again, as before, the subject offers a snapshot on the composition of the first Christian communities. The discussion also ranges back into the subject of “women in leadership,” and the importance of both male and female adherents to the spreading of the good news throughout the world.
In today’s session, Dr. Nunnally takes up St. Paul’s concept: many members, one body. The discussion opens a path that will take us into a discussion of spiritual gifts over the next few weeks. Curiously, Paul’s writings in Romans, Corinthians and Ephesians provide us with a wide, unified vision of spiritual gifting.
In today’s discussion, Dr. Nunnally emphasizes the Biblical prescription for faith: “It’s vital for believers to remember God’s covenantal faithfulness — what He’s done in the past; we need to recall “redemptive history.”
In this session we take up the challenge of Christian living. Our culture is no longer unified by by the social consensus that defined the 1950s. Modern society is fractured by many — often competitive — points-of view. In this respect, our world closely resembles the world at the time of the first Christian communities. This explains why Paul’s words to the believers in his day hold special significance to the modern church.
Who are … they? In this session, Dr. Nunnally leads in a discussion of Paul’s careful reference to Israel.
This class marks the beginning of our summer schedule. While Romans continues to be our principle topic for the summer, additionally, we will take a weekly look at one of the Psalms. This week we take up Psalm 121, and the rhetorical form known as “merism”. (Polar extremes are cited to represent a single subject. For example: “By day the sun doth not smite thee, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:6)
In this session, Dr. Nunnally takes up the subject of Hebrew Poetic Parallelism. A discussion that originates in Romans 10, thus proceeds into a discussion of how the Old and New Testaments came into existence.
Deut. 32:21; Psalm 19:4; Isaiah: 65; Romans 10:19; Romans 3:21; Matt 7:12; Matt 11:13, 22:40; Deut 6; Luke 24:44; Matt 23:45; Acts 13:15