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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

February 16, 2009

St. Paul's Letters: Commentary Paper

Continuing the Year of St. Paul, have the students write a 750-word commentary paper on a selected passage in one of Paul's letters. Suggested passages include:

1 Thessalonians
Mission of Timothy (3:1-8)
Chastity and Charity (4:1-12)

I Corinthians
Body of Christ (12:12-31)
Love (13)

Dignity of All (entire letter)

Called by Christ (1:10-24)
Justification through Faith (3:1-14)

2 Corinthians
False Apostles (11:1-5)

Faith, Hope, and Love (5:1-15)
Love and Law (13:8-10)

Use the following outline to help you organize your paper:

I. Text of the Passage
What does the passage say?

II. Content of the Passage
What do biblical commentaries and scholars say about the passage?
Analyze based on historical criticism, source criticism, form criticism, and redaction criticism.

III. Interpret the Passage
What does the passage mean for our world?
What does this passage mean for me?

This activity is taken from Encountering Jesus in the New Testament by Michael Pennock.

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