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Luther Seminary's Bible Q & A

Paul as Pastor: Karoline Lewis

In this short video, Karoline Lewis provides insight on the Apostle Paul as a pastor who cares deeply about communities of faith that are experiencing transition and conflict.

"I think sometimes we don't know what to make of Paul or what to do with Paul," says Lewis in the video. What we do is forget that these were struggling congregations that were experiencing real issues. "Paul writes these letters with those issues in mind, so they're very particular, they're situational, they're occasional.

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John 1: What Does Grace Mean? - Karoline Lewis

What does "grace" mean?

In this brief video, Karoline Lewis, associate professor of preaching at Luther Seminary, talks about this much-used theological term. She unpacks the first chapter of John's Gospel, where "grace" is used four times in 18 verses.

"The rest of the Gospel doesn't tell you about grace; it shows you what grace looks like," said Lewis.

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Mark: God on the Loose - Karoline Lewis

Karoline Lewis, associate professor of preaching and Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics at Luther Seminary, explains in this 3-minute video the value in reading Bible passages from a variety of translations.

She uncovers the way that different translators portray Jesus' baptism and death in the Gospel of Mark, and makes the point that the words we choose shape the way we see God's activity.

"God was located in the Holy of Holies, behind that temple curtain. But if God is not behind the curtain

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How is the Bible Organized? - Karoline Lewis

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Well, it depends on whose Bible you are talking about.

If you are a mainline Protestant, that is, not Roman Catholic, your Bible is made up of two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament.

The Old Testament is organized into four parts: the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Writings, and the Prophets.

  • The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. You may also hear it referred to as the Torah.
  • The Historical Books

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