Vineyard Institute | Pauline Literature


Don Williams (Ph.D)

Don Williams is a native Californian. He graduated from Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD from Columbia University. He served on the staff of the Hollywood Presbyterian Church for 10 years as College Pastor and was heavily involved in the Jesus Movement in the late 1960’s.

Don was the Interim Director of Vineyard Leadership Institute. He has been Adjunct Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and Lecturer in Religion at Claremont MacKenna College. He also pastored the Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church in La Jolla, CA, and planted the Coast Vineyard in La Jolla, California in 1988.

He is the author of 13 books, the latest are 12 Steps with Jesus, and Start Here: Kingdom Essentials for Christians. Both are published by Regal. He also serves on the Board of Christian Healing Ministries, led by Francis and Judith MacNutt. Don is married to Kathryn. They now live in Los Angeles, CA.

Additional publications from Don include: Call To the Streets (Augsburg, 1970); The Apostle Paul and Women in the Church (Regal, 1980); Bob Dylan, The Man, The Music, The Message (Revell, 1985); The Psalms, 2 Vols in The Communicator’s Commentary (Word, 1986,1989); Signs, Wonders and the Kingdom of God (Servant, 1988); Jesus and Addiction (Recovery Publications, 1993) Erickson.

Course Description

In this course, we will firstly cover the fascinating background, content, and theology of Paul’s letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians as well as to Timothy, Titus and Philemon.

Course Objectives

The major aim of this course is to equip you to understand Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus and Philemon against their Greco-Roman and Jewish background, as well as a number of key aspects within Pauline thinking; all of this is with the intent of enabling you to make relevant applications of the material in your life and ministry/s.

Course Books

Carson, D.A., Douglas J. Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament-2nd Edition, Fee, Gordon D., Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God

*The books listed are subject to change without notice until the opening of registration for each quarter/term. Please refer to the course Syllabi available during registration for all reading requirements for each course.

Important Dates

Registration Open: Monday December 24th, 2018
New Student Enrolment Deadline: Monday January 14th, 2019
Registration Close / Quarter Start: Tuesday January 22nd, 2019
Course Add/Drop Ends: Tuesday January 29th, 2019
Quarter Close: Sunday March 31st, 2019


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