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Harvard University

HDS1544.1x: Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul

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The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures, written by a Jew at a time when the word “Christian” hadn’t yet been coined. What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How were they first interpreted? How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today? Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. We’ll explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today to debate relations between Christians and Jews; issues such as love, law, and grace; and topics such as charismatic Christianity, homosexuality, and women’s religious leadership. Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. We’ll explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today to debate relations between Christians and Jews; issues such as love, law, and grace; and topics such as charismatic Christianity, homosexuality, and women’s religious leadership. Whether you’ve been studying Paul’s letters for years or are merely curious about what Christian scriptures are, this course will provide you with information to deepen your understanding of the ancient contexts and present-day controversies about these texts.

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Laura Nasrallah

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    Dr. Laura Nasrallah @ Harvard on 'Letters of Paul' (HDS 1544.1x) Harvard (EdX and Laura) offer a FREE college course on NT Epistles, Pauline Theology.  It's multi-lingual, in English and Spanish, but it require a good computer, a printer, and high-speed...
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    Donato86 completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    Dr. Laura Nasrallah @ Harvard on 'Letters of Paul' (HDS 1544.1x) Harvard (EdX and Laura) offers a FREE college course on NT Epistles, Pauline Theology.  It's multi-lingual, in English and Spanish, but it requires a good computer, a printer, and high-speed...
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    I began this course believing that I had a better-than-average understanding of the ancient Roman world and early Christianity. This course considerably deepened that knowledge.
  • Brian Harrison completed this course.

    This did take a fair amount of time but the subject matter was very interesting. I appreciated the mix of reading and video.
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    Mattia Monga completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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