A very Pauline semester

Every semester has a different flavor, depending upon the classes I'm assigned, what I'm working on personally, and what I'm teaching and being taught at church. For the last several years I've taught and written often in the Gospels, but this semester marks a serious turn to Pauline studies for me.

As far as teaching is concerned, I'll be teaching two classes that focus a lot on Paul. The first is our Masters-level NT104 class, which is principles of exegesis from Ephesians. In it I cover the principles and practice of sound exegetical method, which we then illustrate by working through the book of Ephesians. The second is our doctoral-level NT1001 class, which covers the history of New Testament interpretation. First we cover the history, then we cover the practice by working on a current issue in NT studies. This semester the issue is the New Perspective on Paul, and I'll be covering key texts from Galatians.

What I'm working on personally is the Galatians commentary for the Logos EEC series. Now that I've submitted the Junia article for publication (although I might have to do that again if the first journal rejects it), my way is clear to spend some serious time working on Galatians.

My church activities are also centered on Paul. I'm teaching Romans by choice to the adult Bible-study class I attend so I can have a lot of fruitful cross-pollination with my Galatians work. My pastor just began a sermon series on Ephesians. If I could just get the childrens' director to switch to a Pauline curriculum for the second grade class we teach, the transformation would be just about complete!

One lesson learned from this is to be ready to teach whatever is required in season and out of season. I'm thankful that my preparation at DTS, both in Masters-level and doctoral work, gave me competence across NT studies so that this semester will be a fun challenge instead of an impossible burden.