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All  students of the Bible who wish to take advantage of this site and its curriculum materials are encouraged to study these lessons and/or use them freely for your own study group. Visitors to this site may also have an interest in the history of Christian theology. Another self-study curriculum is available at goodeggbiblestudy.wordpress.com where we offer a course correlated with Prof. Roger Olson’s The Story of Christian Theology. (Prof. Olson teaches at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary.)

We are currently studying Paul’s Epistle to the Romans and, in addition to Romans, Dr. Martin Luther’s Commentary on Romans  Dr. Luther’s lectures to his early sixteenth century seminarians is an important resource for our discussion questions. Additionally, we provide videos and discussion questions based on the scholarship of noted professors, such as Prof. N. T. Wright of Saint Andrew’s University, Scotland, Prof. Robert Gagnon of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PCA), Dean Harold Attridge of Yale Divinity School, and Prof. David L. Bartlett, also of Yale.

To view any of the twenty-eight lessons which present the discussion questions, please click on About & Master Menu here or above and you will go to the Menu of all lessons. Listed there are the links that take you to these lessons offering not only discussion questions, but also additional links to both recommended and optional supplementary resources that will deepen your understanding of Romans.

As Christians study Paul’s Epistle, we must keep in mind Luther’s assessment: “This letter is truly the most important piece in the New Testament. It is purest Gospel. It is well worth a Christian’s while not only to memorize it word for word but also to occupy himself with it daily, as though it were the daily bread of the soul. It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well. The more one deals with it, the more precious it becomes and the better it tastes. Therefore I want to carry out my service and, with this preface, provide an introduction to the letter, insofar as God gives me the ability, so that every one can gain the fullest possible understanding of it. Up to now it has been darkened by glosses [explanatory notes and comments which accompany a text] and by many a useless comment, but it is in itself a bright light, almost bright enough to illumine the entire Scripture.” [Martin Luther, from the Preface to Romans]

We are informed by the writers at Wikipedia that “Romans has been at the forefront of several major movements in Protestantism. Martin Luther’s lectures on Romans in 1515–1516 probably coincided with the development of his criticism of Roman Catholicism which led to the 95 Theses of 1517. In 1738, while hearing Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to the Romans read at St. Botolph Church on Aldersgate Street in London, John Wesley famously felt his heart “strangely warmed”, a conversion experience which is often seen as the beginning of Methodism. In 1919 Karl Barth’s commentary on Romans, The Epistle to the Romans, was the publication which is widely seen as the beginning of neo-orthodoxy.” [Wikipedia]

Prof. Richard Bell of the University of Nottingham explains why he feels this is perhaps the most important book in the New Testament for you to study. Click here to see this excellent 11 minute video.