In Search of Christian Origins: Lectures on the History of Early Christianity
Run time: 7 hours
By James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
Taught by the engaging and dynamic James H. Charlesworth of Princeton Theological Seminary, these ten thought-provoking lectures, created especially for readers of Biblical Archaeology Review, focus on two key questions for the study of Early Christianity:
How did the Palestinian Jesus Movement develop within the vibrant but highly factionalized world of Second Temple Judaism?
And how did this once-obscure and insignificant sect evolve into a movement that was able not only to expand far beyond its Jewish roots, but also to become the dominant religion of the Roman Empire under Constantine the Great?
In Search of Christian Origins presents 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.
The Jewish Context of Jesus
The Many Faces of Second Temple Judaism
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
Jesus and His Judaism
Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
Paul and the Reinterpretation of Jesus’ Message
Jewish Factionalism and the Early Gospels
The Emergence of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism
The Quest for Orthodoxy: The Gnostic Challenge
The Quest for Orthodoxy: The Final Debates
Ancient Treasures from the World of Jesus
A PDF of lecturer handouts will be available for download to those who have purchased the set. Please see instructions on the packaging insert included with the DVDs for how to access this PDF.