GALATIANS/ROMANS STUDY QUESTIONS
We will be dealing with Galatians only briefly in class, and spend most
of our time on Romans. I’d recommend skimming Galatians and
reading Romans more carefully. As you read, pay careful attention to
how Paul deals with potential conflicts between Jewish and gentile
believers. Be sure to record at least some of your thoughts in
your Early Church journal.
If I have not already looked at your journal recently, you might bring
it by my office.
QUESTIONS ON GALATIANS:
1. What does Paul suggest is his own motivation in writing
to the Galatians? What particular problems is he
addressing? Why does he give the rather lengthy account of his
own religious background?
2. What is the motivation of those who want to see the Gentiles
3. Why does Paul, a circumcised Jew himself, insist so strongly
that gentile believers should not be circumcised?
4. According to Paul, what was the purpose of the Old Testament
law? To what extent does Paul consider the law valid? Are
gentiles to keep the whole law? Part of the law? None of the
law? What about Jewish believers?
5. What happens to ethics if there is no law? Can a man do
whatever he wants and still be saved?
6. What ethical standards does Paul set for Christian
believers? How do these differ from the standards of the law?
QUESTIONS ON ROMANS:
7. Why does Paul write to the church at Rome? What
particular problem is he addressing?
8. What does Paul mean when he talks about sin?
9. How does Paul treat the law in Romans? Does this differ
at all from his treatment of the law in Galatians?
10. What does Paul mean when he talks of salvation by grace
11. What is Paul's attitude toward the Jewish people? How
does he explain the failure of many Jews to accept Christianity?
What does he see as the particular fault of the Jews? Does he see
any virtues in these people?