When you pick up the Bible, there are multiple layers in between you and the author’s intent. Thousands of years, multiple ancient languages, and untold amounts of culture-bound traditions can block the full view of what the writers were trying to say.
Professor N.T. Wright’s course, Paul and His Letter to the Colossians, provides insights into the world of Paul and the early church and helps us understand these layers.
In this clip, Prof. Wright explains a shaming ritual used by the Roman army, which connects directly with some of the language in Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians.
David Seemuth is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Center for Christian Study and coordinates seminars and classes. He and Prof. N.T. Wright collaborate in online course development. David has been an Adjunct Professor at Trinity International University for over 25 years and teaches in the area of Biblical Studies, specializing in the New Testament. He also served as an Associate Pastor at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI for 33 years.