The Christian religion is inextricably bound up with contemporary culture not only in America but also around the globe. Yet, even after centuries of scholarly inquiry, numerous questions regarding its historical origins remain contested and unanswered. The Christian movement developed into a religion about Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God. From a historical perspective, however, Jesus himself did not invent this religion. Rather, the most influential figure in establishing the Christian church as an institution is the Apostle Paul. This course will undertake an historical reconstruction of Paul’s mission and his distinctive achievements, the manner in which he founded new religious communities and articulated a distinctive intellectual and spiritual vision.
Registration will open online on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8 AM (AZ Time)
- Classes will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Course will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
- All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.
- Enrolled students may withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund if the request is received before the second class session. See our FAQ page here for more answers to general program questions.
- The Harper Collins Study Bible Student Edition. Revised and Updated. HarperCollins, 2006. Or, another Bible translation.
- Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. Oxford. 7th ed. 2000. Or, 6th ed. 2016.