NEW! Earliest Christian Uses of Jewish Writings
4 sessions, 10 hours
This course considers the Jewish religious writings that the earliest Christians in the first 2-3 centuries read, and on which the first Christian beliefs were based. These Jewish writings were critical to the new Christian movement as the Christian New Testament did not yet exist nor did agreement on which of the early Christian writings should be read and what authority they had. While many of these Jewish writings would eventually become part of the Jewish Bible and Christian Old Testament, not all of them would. The sources for these writings, the diverse versions that existed, why they used Greek translations, and how they theologically interpreted and used them are all issues that are considered. Dr. Karen Gray’s PowerPoint-illustrated lectures include many images and selections from the writings and each class includes a half-hour at the end of the discussion.
Instructor: Karen Gray, Ph.D., received her S.T.B. degree from Harvard Divinity School and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh where her thesis was on “Religious Atheism in Contemporary Western Thought: A Christian Problem and a Buddhist Perspective.” She recently retired after 20 years with the Smithsonian Associates designing adult study tours. She has had a lifelong fascination with the world’s religions which she approaches with openness and from a scholarly perspective.
ILR615 Earliest Christian Uses of Jewish Writings
4-Digit Number: 5642
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 10/27/17 – 11/17/17
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E106
Tuition: $40 Fee: $89 Total: $129
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.