At Home in the Word | Epistle {S6 E9}


Bethany and Jillian sit down to talk all things epistolary on this episode of the DWITW podcast and how this literary style helps us gain a big picture view of Jesus. They discuss who wrote which epistles, why they were written, and what we can learn from them today as 21st century followers of Christ. They also touch on how these letters help us value understanding historical context and the surprising importance the people mentioned in these letters can carry.

Bethany wants to live in a world where coffee and conversation flow, and where her laundry magically makes its way into the closet. When she's not busy doing pharmacist things, you can find her baking, watching Parks and Rec, or playing games with friends.

Bethany's favorite scripture is Psalm 116:1,2,7 ESV: ‘I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice...because he has inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.’

You can connect with Bethany via Instagram at @bethanygraces.

Podcast Navigation: 

02:00 Meet Bethany
03:30   Describe the epistles and what that word means
05:20   What books are included in this genre
07:50   Why we would want to study the epistles
14:10   Where the epistles fit in the metanarrative of Scripture
20:10   Nuances of the epistle literary style
25:50   Challenges of studying the epistles
31:00   Tips for reading epistolary literature
35:50  How does the epistle genre point us to Christ and the gospel
38:30 Resources for additional study

On this episode, Jillian and Bethany talk about the following references and resources:

*Reference Disclaimer: All references made by podcast guests are of their own accord. The inclusion of references and resources by guests on the podcast does not equate to an endorsement of those resources from Dayton Women in the Word.