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St. Paul’s epistle to the church at Rome—or Romans—is the most important of all Paul’s epistles and letters, and for Christians it is arguably the most important book in the entire Bible. We know from the Gospels and from Church teaching that Jesus is the virgin-born, sinless Son of God who went to the cross on our behalf, who died, who was buried and who on the 3rd day rose from the dead, enabling our salvation. That is who he is and what he did. ​ ​ But how do we appropriate who Christ is and what he did? How do we reach out and take hold of it? That is the issue Paul addresses in Romans.​   The Conversion of St. Paul (1675-1682) Bartolomé Esteban Murillo This course consists of 18 one-hour video lessons, with PowerPoint slides, notes, artworks, maps, "knowledge check" quizzes, and "Virtual Office Hours" with Dr. Creasy.  Read More

St. Paul arrived in Corinth sometime in late A.D. 50, the last stop on his 2nd missionary journey (A.D. 50-52). When Paul walked the 52-mile trek from Athens to Corinth, he entered one of the greatest and most modern cities of the Roman Empire.   Archaeology suggests that Corinth was occupied as early as 6500 B.C., and by 740 B.C. (about the time of the biblical king Ahaz and the Jewish prophet Isaiah) it was a major Greek city with a population of at least 5,000 people. By 400 B.C. Corinth was one of the largest and most powerful cities in Greece, with a population of over 90,000, and by the end of the 2nd-century B.C. it was capital of the Achaean League, a confederation of over 50 Peloponnese city-states.   Corinth’s power and influence came to an abrupt end, however. In 146 B.C. Rome declared war on the Achaean League, and the Roman General Lucius Mummius attacked Corinth; put all the men of the city to the sword; sold the women and children into slavery; shipped statues, paintings, works of art and anything else of value to Rome; and he razed Corinth, reducing it to ashes. For his swift and decisive victory over Corinth and the Achaean League, Rome awarded Mummius a triumphal procession: he entered Rome in a chariot drawn by four white horses, the general himself was crowned with laurel leaves, and he wore a purple and gold-embroidered triumphal toga. The crowds cheered him wildly. Read More

Revelation is the final book in the Christian canon and the concluding narrative in the story of redemption. No other book in the Bible seems so cryptic as Revelation, no other book so extravagant in its symbolism and wild visions, and no other book so given to misreading and misinterpretation.  Although written nearly 2,000 years ago, Revelation still grips our imagination with its drama, nightmare visions, exotic imagery, stunning colors, full-tilt sound, and over-the-top, blood-soaked violence. Yet, most who read Revelation come away baffled and bewildered, scratching their heads.  What are we to make of this puzzling work?   Hieronymous Bosch. St. John the Evangelist on Patmos (oil on oak), c. 1489. Gemäldegalerie: Berlin.    This course includes 18 video lectures, with a comprehensive 40-page text introduction and syllabus, artworks, maps, PowerPoint slides, Knowledge Check quizzes, and more.  On top of the interactive online material, you will also be able to contact Dr. Creasy and the Logos Team directly with any questions that arise during your studies.  As you make your way through the lectures, Dr. Creasy will contact you with special opportunities to join him for "Virtual Office Hours" using our Webinar platform.  Read More

In this course, we will study Scripture’s poetical books, as they appear in the “common” canon:  Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs.    Whether studying the “common” canon of Scripture (39 books of the Hebrew Scriptures, plus the 27 books of the New Testament, for 66 in total), or the complete canon including the Deuterocanonical books (46 or 51 books of the Hebrew Scriptures; 73 or 78 in total), the books of the Bible represent a wide variety of literary genres:  mythopoeic literature, as in Genesis 1-11; historical narrative, as in 1 & 2 Samuel (the story of king David); poetry, as in the book of Psalms; prophetic literature, as in the major and minor prophets; gospels, as in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; epistles, as in Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians and Galatians; letters, as in St. Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus; and apocalyptic, as in Revelation.    Each genre places unique demands on the reader, and each genre includes its own set of literary conventions:  reading poetry is very different from reading historical narrative; reading an epistle (a correspondence meant to be read aloud to a group of people) is very different from reading a letter (a correspondence meant to be read privately by the person to whom it is addressed).    The poetical books in the common canon—Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs—represent five sub-genres of literature and in this course, we’ll be taking a look at each one, learning how to engage each according to its own set of literary conventions, taking one giant step forward in becoming “educated readers of Scripture.” Read More

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