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Unformatted text preview: Jan. 8 th 2008: Problems with Studying Christianity 1. Problem of Diversity – Some preachers in Appalachia get bit by snakes like the story about Paul. Nudist Christian camps in Florida. Church in Africa where women are forbidden to wear tops. Lots of cool varieties. a. There are 23,000 protestant denominations alone. b. Lots of different varieties. c. Everyone reads the same bible, not everyone comes to the same conclusions. d. This diversity is going to be one of our themes. e. Focus on first 5 centuries. Most doctrines that Christians share were developed then. f. Three Main Branches of Christianity: i. Eastern Orthodox ii. Roman Catholic iii. Protestant 2. Problem of Historical Perspective – We know that Jesus was one of the most important people on the planet. We know how successful the religion has become. We need to erase this knowledge to have a balanced look at the development of Christianity. a. Jesus wasn’t a huge deal during his lifetime. By the year 100 AD, there were maybe 10-15,000 Christians. b. Church marriages didn’t start until the 6 th-7 th century. There was no intersexual dating up until 150 years ago. c. Jesus did not look like what we think he does. Different pictures of different cultures’ view of Jesus. d. The cross being an ancient torture device. 3. Problem of Sources – There are many ways to look at Christianity. There is the perspective of faith. Learn how to better live your life. Not the approach we’re taking in this class… a. Epoche – bracket the question of ultimate truth and god. It is not our responsibility. b. We want evidence and sources! i. Early sources ate better than later. ii. Eyewitness accounts. iii. Original and untranslated. iv. Unbiased. Don’t have many from early Christianity. c. Different meanings in translations. IE: Corinthians 7:1 d. Bibles to read: i. New Revised Standard ii. English Standard Version 4. Problem of Person Stake – A lot of people have a personal stake. Jan. 10 th : Enslavement in Egypt and Exodus Context is everything. So knowing Jesus and the early church, we must learn about it in its historical context. We need to know what it meant to be Jewish at that time. Jewish History: Eight Critical Moments that Lead up to Understanding the World of Jesus First a few terms: Hebrew – refers to a specific group of people who lived long ago. Earliest ancestors of the Jews, 16 th to the 12 th century, BC. Then became a language. Israelite – refers to the descendants of the 12 tribes of Jacob. Jew – one of those 12 tribes was the tribe of Judah, the main tribe to survive. 1. Enslavement in Egypt and Exodus a. Hebrew appear on the scene around 1600 BCE. There were nomadic farmers. The word Hebrew comes from the Egyptian word Habiru....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course RELS 310 taught by Professor Lloyd-moffett during the Winter '08 term at Cal Poly.
- Winter '08
- The Bible