- Oct. 19, 2011 -
The Biblical Archaeology Society, publisher of Biblical Archaeology Review, is proud to announce the release of its newest DVD study course, In Search of Christian Origins: Lectures on the History of Early Christianity, taught by the engaging and dynamic James Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary and president of the Foundation on Judaism and Christian Origins. The course’s ten thought-provoking and masterfully produced lectures present a thorough overview of the history of Early Christianity from its beginnings as an obscure Jewish sect in first-century C.E. Israel-Palestine to its dramatic ascension as the religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century.
In Professor Charlesworth’
s lectures, filmed before a live audience, students discover the Jewish context of Jesus’ life and teachings and how his message was impacted by the numerous factions within Early Judaism. They also examine the challenging questions of who had Jesus crucified and why, how his first followers understood the resurrection and how early believers like Paul and the Evangelists attempted to maintain their connection to Judaism even after Jesus’ death. The course’s final lectures grapple with the many varieties of Christianity that developed across the ancient Mediterranean world and the ensuing philosophical and theological debates that helped transform Jesus’ movement into Christianity.
In Search of Christian Origins is a full-length, introductory course on the origins of Christianity and the New Testament perfectly suited for adult Bible study and anyone interested in the historical development of the Christian faith. Each lecture presents expert material in an easy-to-absorb format, illustrated with helpful maps and plans, as well as stunning color photographs. In addition, the course is packed with supporting materials, developed by Professor Charlesworth and the editors of the Biblical Archaeology Society. An informative study guide includes detailed lecture summaries, key questions for reflection and discussion, instructive maps and timelines, a glossary of important terms and Professor Charlesworth’
s masterful article, “Christians and Jews In the First Six Centuries,” the concluding chapter to the forthcoming second edition of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s widely-acclaimed textbook Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.
To learn more about In Search of Christian Origins, the new DVD study course from James Charlesworth, one of the world’s leading experts on the Bible, the historical Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, visit the Biblical Archaeology Society store today.
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