Paul – A Biography – Note from the Dean – September 18, 2022

Good Evening Friends,

Thank you so much for joining us on Sunday as we begin our study of Paul through the scholarship of Bishop NT Wright.  Each week we will begin to gather around 9.15am in the Garden Room.  The time prior to class will be a time to “stump the rector” with questions or comments about our study, our about religious life in general.  We will begin the class at 9.30.

Everyone has a hometown, and for some of us the place we are born and raised, the place from which we launch, has a tremendous effect on the trajectory of our lives.  We might say the same of Paul, who as a boy was named Saul.  In this class NT Wright will describe and explain what it was like for the young Paul {Saul} growing up in Tarsus, and important yet smaller city in the ancient world.  Paul grew up within a particularly devout and zealous stream of Judaism; and tradition within which he desired a life of distinction and some amount of heroism.  Following our video from Bishop Wright we will have some discussion, and if time allows I will share some summary thoughts before breaking for the Eucharist at @ 10.15.

If you are interested in reading Bishop NT Wright’s biography of Paul, look here: Paul: A Biography, paper: N.T. Wright: 9780061730597 – Christianbook.com

For an informed review of this book look here: N. T. Wright Wants to Reintroduce You to Paul (thegospelcoalition.org)

Scenes of Paul from movies that I have found moving:    https://youtu.be/iGJProHZ2zY    https://youtu.be/0jmT1FA4gTk

Philippians 3:2-6 will be the reading from which our lesson will be taken.

Looking forward to seeing all of you on Sunday.  Blessings and Godspeed,

Alston

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