To prepare for our ninth class session:
Read Ephesians 5:22-6:9, preparing to discuss the Greek text.
I'll provide you with a copy of Ephesians 5:22-6:9 which is annotated appropriately for relatively inexperienced readers.
Read Winger pp. 498-698
Read Thielman pp. 365-410
Read Peterson pp. 225-250
Some thought prompts:
1) Discuss issues of family order, with a focus on the marital relationship, in terms of Ephesians 5:21-33. What light does this shed on matters of divorce and remarriage? What light does it shed on abusive relationships?
2) Discuss issues of family order, with a focus on the parent/child relationship, in terms of Ephesians 6:1-5. What theological statement does a family make?
3) Discuss issues of social order, with a focus on the slave/master relationship, in terms of Ephesians 6:6-9. How is a slave/master relationship in antiquity different from an employee/employer relationship in your culture? Where does Paul put the burden in the relationship? What is the purpose of the relationship? What theological statement does it make?