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

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

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

Constantine and Christianity

Constantine and Christianity

The story of early Christianity is a story of struggle, persecution and martyrdom, often at the hands of the ruling government. Yet, less than 300 years after the founding of the Church, Emperor Constantine adopted Christianity as the official religion of the most powerful empire the world had ever known. Who was Constantine and why

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