making a journal based on your assigned reading.

This journal is based on your assigned reading for the week (background reading in your textbook as well as the PDF provided below and the assigned New Testament reading from Galatians 1-3).

Click on Journal to see your writing prompt.

Journal is due by Wednesday (4/24).


  • Journals are an opportunity for you to process some of what you are learning and demonstrate to me that you are engaged with the reading material.
  • Please post a minimum 300 word response to each prompt by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on April 24.
  • Your journal entries should be organized, well-written and proofread. Think of each of these as a very brief paper. You will lose points for misspelled words, lack of capitalization, repetition of ideas, lack of organization, or lack of minimum word count.
  • Note: Your journals should not be personal faith statements but should demonstrate engagement with a biblical text in an academic setting. In other words, do not tell me what you believe; tell me what you are learning.

As your background reading has explained, in Paul’s letters to the Galatians, Paul is trying to convince the Galatian community that they do not need to be circumcised or follow the Mosaic Law in order to be saved. They only need to have faith in Christ. The tone and passion of the letter indicate how serious Paul was about this central message of his preaching.

  • Review the PDF in your Assigned Reading: “Some Rhetorical/Persuasive Strategies Used by Paul.”
  • Select four of the ten strategies listed there, and find an example of each one in Galatians 1-3 (find link to Gal. 1-3 in your Assigned Reading as well).
  • Name the strategy, quote the verse from Galatians, and include the citation (chapter and verse, e.g., Gal. 2:5).
  • Next, remark on whether or not you find Paul’s letter to the Galatians (at least the excerpt you are reading!) to be a persuasive document. Why or why not?
  • Finally, comment on Paul’s writing style and the tone of the letter. Do you find it easy to follow or difficult? Do you feel encouraged or discouraged from reading more of Paul’s writings?

(This is Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapters 1, 2, and 3)

For the reading use this link below and read chapter 10 and 15