Dissension and Consolidation


We see now how growing tensions between the Jesus movement and the Jewish communities begin to define a new attitude towards Judaism’s place within the new religion, leading to very different responses to traditional Jewish religious practices.  We will also look at Roman perceptions of the movement.  By the end of the First century, authorities who formerly could not even make sense of the name “Christus”,  were beginning to distinguish “Christians” from other Jews, and we will see how this is reflected in Nerva’s tax policies.

On Thursday, we will look at communities after Paul.  What happened when he died?  We have already seen that his communities suffered crises of authority.  So, as we look toward the turn of the Second century, we see also how Christian communities, seeking to establish a Pauline heritage and to answer the problems his charismatic leadership had partly created, began to organize and develop hierarchical structures which would become normative thereafter.

Tuesday:  HebrewsBarnabas

Thursday:  1-2 TimothyLetter of Ignatius to the Ephesians, Acts of Paul and Thecla


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Associate Professor of Classical Studies The Honors College at the University of Houston

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