Ask yourself the following three questions
for the letters of Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon:
- What is the occasion of the letter?
- What problems have arisen that Paul is
trying to address in the letter (i.e., what is the context of each
- What does Paul say to resolve the
problems (i.e., what are the overarching themes of each letter)?
- What has led to the conflict between
Paul and his opponents in Galatia? What is the view of the Jewish law that he maps
out for his converts in Galatia?
- How does Paul’s autobiographical
reflection work in Galatians? What purpose does it serve?
- Describe the differences between Luke’s
account of Paul’s conversion and meeting with the apostles and Paul’s account.
From a thematic perspective, how can you account for these differences?
- Why do many scholars believe Philippians
is a compilation of more than one letter?
- What suggests that Paul might have
contemplated suicide in Philippians? How was suicide typically viewed in the
- What does the letter to Philemon suggest
about Paul’s position on slavery?
- What is the significance of the Christ
hymn in Philippians?