St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
September 29 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The First Cultural Context—Judaism
Lecture # 3
Sept 29, 2019 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
In the last lecture, we saw how important Greek and Roman culture was for understanding earliest Christianity, not merely as a static setting but as a set of living influences. In this lecture, we’ll examine the most important and problematic cultural context for early Christianity, namely Judaism, the “symbolic world of Torah.” As we’ll see, the importance of this context is both straightforward and problematic—straightforward in that the Christian movement began as a sect within 1st-century Judaism and attempted to engage the Jewish Scriptures and problematic in that the Christian claim that Jesus was the risen Lord appeared as heretical within Judaism.