Paul the Apostle (Part 2), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Paul the Apostle (Part 2), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

The letter to the Galatians is one of Paul’s very strongest statements of the importance of Christ over the law. The letter to the Galatians is very important historically because you can see what happens on Paul’s missions. He goes to cities proclaiming the gospel. Gentiles become followers of the religion. Paul after spending time

Heaven and Hell (Part 2) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Heaven and Hell (Part 2) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>Let me note three distinctive characteristics of Christian ideas of the afterlife. One, the idea specifically of a resurrection. The dead are brought back to life. Resurrected. Made to stand again. And specifically the resurrection of the body. The Christian idea of resurrection is founded in the first place in the resurrection of Christ himself.

Essenes The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Essenes The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Now the Sadducees and Pharisees are both leadership groups within mainstream Jewish society. But the principal Jewish sources at the late Second Temple Period also speak up a third group, the Essenes. An important sect but one that lives outside the mainstream. It’s puzzling or at least frustrating that none of our Christian sources of

Pharisees, Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper (2014)

Pharisees, Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper (2014)

It is somewhat easier, but still challenging, to reconstruct the nature and the beliefs of Pharisees, but it helps that we have the writings of two of them that we know quite well. Josephus and Paul – Christian Apostle Paul is a Pharisee. He tells us that he’s a Pharisee. [someone] is a Pharisee and

Pelagian Controversy (part 1), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Pelagian Controversy (part 1), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Augustine’s theology will be profoundly challenged by the popularity of a rival Christian thinker, Pelagius. And the ensuing controversy between Augustine and Pelagius would not only secure Augustine’s international reputation as one of the predominant intellectuals on the Christian scene, it would lead to the official triumph of Augustine’s theology accepted by church councils and

The Challenge of Gnosticism (Part 1) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

The Challenge of Gnosticism (Part 1) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>Dr. Kyle Harper: Now what happens in the Genesis account, right? Genesis is packed with theology but it’s not a theological tract, it’s not a doctrinal tract and yet, it’s full of theology. In other words, Genesis is a story that’s full of philosophy. What happens in the first chapters of Genesis? What’s that? Creation,

The Gospel of Matthew (Part 3), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

The Gospel of Matthew (Part 3), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

“You have heard it said thou shalt not commit adultery.” Where is that? In the ten commandments. Again most days you can get by. “But I say to you whoever lusts after a woman has committed adultery in his heart.” I dare say more difficult. Divorce, swearing oaths, an eye for an eye. “You’ve heard

Apocalypse (Part 2) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Apocalypse (Part 2) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>There are highly repetitive elements that occur across the genre in a range of apocalyptic texts. Some special means of obtaining knowledge, whether it’s a vision, a dream, an angel, a holy book, a speaking bush. There is the transmission and often the suppression of knowledge. It requires a special unveiling to those who knowledge

The Gospel of Matthew (Part 1), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

The Gospel of Matthew (Part 1), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Now Matthew’s Gospel as I said is the most intricately structured of any the four Gospels. It begins with a nativity story, and it ends with the death and resurrection story. But in between as you can see from the back of your hand out- I should hear papers flipping- in between this beginning and

Sex and Marriage in Early Christianity (Part 1) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Sex and Marriage in Early Christianity (Part 1) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>The problem of creation, the problem of matter, of physical existence for the Gnostics is it good or bad? It’s bad. And in a profound sense sexual morality is part of an entire worldview. What I want you to come away with is something deeper than just what the Christian sexual rules were. I want