Book of Acts (Part 3), The Origins of Christianity, Dr, Kyle Harper

Book of Acts (Part 3), The Origins of Christianity, Dr, Kyle Harper

>>In the last 2 chapters of Acts, recount Paul’s journey to Rome. It is his status as a Roman citizen that allows him to appeal to the Roman Emperor and to set sail for Rome. Here is an adventure story, what romance of the ancient world would be complete without a shipwreck. Have any of

The Gospel of Mark (Part 4), Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

The Gospel of Mark (Part 4), Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Mark’s gospel emphasizes the identity of Jesus. It’s a narrative that is artfully constructed to have a powerful effect on the listener, for most people in the ancient world are illiterate. It is written not as Wikipedia entry simply to convey bare information, but to tell a story, to describe a narrative that will be

The Gospel of Matthew (Part 2), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper (2014)

The Gospel of Matthew (Part 2), The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper (2014)

Now, the first block of Matthew, the first block of teaching in Matthew is chapters 5 through 7, the Sermon on the Mount. Okay, I want you just to- can you blazen that in your head? Can you blazen that one in your memory as well? What is it? The Sermon on the Mount. Matthew

Formation of the Christian Canon (Part 2) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Formation of the Christian Canon (Part 2) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>It’s clear that over the fourth century, the Church, now an imperial and a large institution, is able to work together and to get the final details of an accepted text. The earliest witness we have to the exact 27 book list that is the Christian Canon to this day was a text written by

Apocalypse (Part 3) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Apocalypse (Part 3) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>Dr. Kyle Harper: Chapters 17 through 19 are the most political passages of the apocalypse. And here I think we can have some real hope to understand the author’s contemporary meaning. Chapters 17 through 19 are fascinating for the Roman historian because they are one of the few truly anti-Roman texts that survive. We don’t

Heaven and Hell (Part 1) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Heaven and Hell (Part 1) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>And so what I want to cover today is some of the formative elements of a Christian view of the afterlife. And to see the ways in which a Christian view of the afterlife is made out of the mixture of both Greco Roman and Jewish elements into a unique vision of the afterlife that

Pelagian Controversy (part 2), Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Pelagian Controversy (part 2), Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

For Augustine, sin is beyond choice. It’s inevitable. It’s part of our nature. And so too is salvation. It’s something beyond our own choice. Humans can’t save themselves. They require external grace. For Pelagius, the story of Genesis in which Adam and Eve disobeyed God is a paradigm, an example of what every human does.

Battle of Actium, The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Battle of Actium, The Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

As it becomes obvious that Octavian in Rome and Marc Anthony in the east will ultimately come into a decisive conflict, Herod sides with Marc Anthony – the eastern power. But the battle Actium – the naval forces under the command of Octavian and Agrippa route the forces of Anthony and Cleopatra, and it becomes

Persecution, Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

Persecution, Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>It would be hard to overestimate the importance of persecution as part of the story of early Christianity. Persecution, the phenomenon of martyrdom, is fundamentally part of the early Christian experience and the early Christian mind set. Now there’s been a movement among scholars, very trendy over the last generation to minimize the actual incidence

The Challenge of Gnosticism (Part 4) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

The Challenge of Gnosticism (Part 4) Origins of Christianity, Dr. Kyle Harper

>>Let me end with two thoughts. One is this. Both Orthodox and gnostic theologies in the second century are faced with the problem of evil, the problem of suffering. Orthodox Christianity begins an answer with the Book of Genesis. But even that certainly leaves much to be explained. Why is there a serpent? That’s not