Week 10 (March 12-18): 2 Corinthians – Ephesians

Reading Plan for Days 64 – 70:

Sunday, 3/12: 2 Corinthians 1-3
Monday, 3/13: 2 Corinthians 4-6
Tuesday, 3/14: 2 Corinthians 7-9
Wednesday, 3/15: 2 Corinthians 10-11
Thursday, 3/16: 2 Corinthians 12-13
Friday, 3/17: Galatians 1-6
Saturday, 3/18: Ephesians 1-6

Some Introductory Comments:

Introduction to Galatians

Galatians is unique among Paul’s letters in that it does not share his usual greetings of thanksgiving and gratitude for the local church. Lacking here are the introductory passages where Paul gives thanks for those he is writing to. Instead, after his initial identification and a short greeting, Paul immediately jumps into a critique and warning of the Christians in Galatia! Indeed, at Chapter 3 his rebuke takes on all the more weight when he writes, “You irrational Galatians! Who put a spell on you?”(CEB) Here is someone who has invested and sacrificed to found and support these churches, laying out his frustration at the waywardness of one of them!

Likely written before either of the Corinthian letters (in 54AD), Galatians is generally recognized as an authentic letter written by Paul, in response to the continued efforts of some who continued to require Christians to become Jews.

Introduction to Ephesians

Although Ephesians gives what I have shared is perhaps the best summary of what I believe to be Paul’s legacy in Christian spirituality – specifically, from Eph 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (NRSV) – the majority of contemporary scholars suggest that this letter was not written by Paul himself, but by one of his disciples.

Approximately 80% of modern scholarship suggests this letter was written by a disciple of Paul in the 90s (though 20% still maintain it to be Pauline, drafted in the early 60s). The actual original recipients are unknown (the phrase “in Ephesus” is identified as having been added), but based on content seems to have been Pauline Christians in the regions of Asia Minor. The general content of the letter continues Paul’s teachings that the separation between Jews and non-Jews has been eliminated through Jesus Christ.

Blessed reading to you this week! Please post any comments, insights, or questions you might have in the comments section below.

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