Paul's letters may well give us more clues regarding the historical facts about Paul and his mission than the book of Acts. The biblical Acts of the Apostles has a different agenda from Paul himself. Presenter: Dr. Perry Kea with host Dr. Shirley Paulson
People who know anything about Paul from the Bible generally know the story of Paul's conversion. But is that really what happened? Did he become a Christian or remain a Jew? Presenter: Dr. B. Brandon Scott with host Dr. Shirley Paulson
Was Jesus the expected Jewish Messiah? The primary problem is that Jesus was crucified, executed by the Romans. Nothing in Jewish expectation about the Messiah expected the Messiah to lose, much less be executed by Israel’s enemies.
Christians have had a difficult time acknowledging that Jesus was a Jew, despite the obvious fact his mother was a Jewish woman. Therefore, he was a Jew. So, what’s the problem?
Along the way, Paul also makes quite a telling statement about his and probably these early communities’ views of conjugal rights – that they are mutual! Marriage partners have authority over one another’s bodies. An Interview with Dr. Susan (Elli) Elliott.
In fact, God has made him alive. . . the experience of Jesus and the power of the experience of Jesus is the same before his death and after. An interview with Dr. B. Brandon Scott
One of the issues that’s really beginning to affect these communities and the second and third generation is the question of authority. … How do we know that our group is doing things right? An interview with Dr. Perry Kea.
If we only celebrated the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew, we’d have no angel speaking to Mary …. If we only celebrated the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke, we’d have no flight to Egypt.
The shifts from ‘Messiah,’ to christos, to christus, to ‘Christ’ were momentous. In the process, the root meaning of g-d’s anointed king was forfeited and with that several things were lost.
In the King James translation of the Hebrew scripture (so-called ‘Old Testament’), the translators consistently employed the gloss ‘assembly,’ while in the New Testament they used ‘church.’
The spiritual, present, collective understanding of resurrection has special longer-term promise for integrity, imagination, community, and new frameworks for divine presence.
The book challenges the general public, many churches, and most scholars to re-consider how to think about Jesus and these hundreds of years before there were ‘Christians.’