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St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
October 6, 2019 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Jesus movement and the Birth of Christianity
Lecture # 4
Oct 6, 2019 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
Having sketched the cultural matrix within which Christianity was formed—the complex civilizations of Greece and Rome, built on Mediterranean culture and further complicated by empire, and the equally complex symbolic world of Judaism—we now turn to the Jesus movement and the birth of Christianity. The metaphor of birth is particularly appropriate in the case of Christianity because it entered history at a specific time and place and with a definite parentage. Like an infant, Christianity entered the world bearing the genes of Greco-Roman and Jewish cultures, but it combined those elements in a new and distinctive fashion, so that it was not simply a version of what had preceded it but something truly new in the world.