Stories of the Jewish Church I: Acts 1-5

Pinchas Shir, Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

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Many people see the Book of Acts as a history of the early church. But too often, people forget that it was a Jewish Church. And when we say the Jewish Church - that is not something most people know. Though the book of Acts chronicles some historical descriptions of the times, it also preserves beautiful sermons and tells many inspiring stories of the early Jewish Christ-followers. Acts preserves a record of how early believers understood their own faith in the first-century context. This course focuses on these ancient stories of faith and relates them to the historical and cultural context, to the climate of first-century Jerusalem.  

This first part of the course focuses on Chapters 1-5 as disciples are emboldened by the Holy Spirit as they proclaimed their Messiah in the Temple daily. Explore the perspective of believers who worshipped in the Temple and met from home to home in anticipation of Yeshua's return. Re-discover the stories of this Jewish Church.

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Pinchas Shir

Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

Pinchas Shir, Israel Bible Center’s Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures, is nearing the completion of his Ph.D. studies in the Department of Religion at Groningen University in the Netherlands. His academic interests focus on ancient dining culture, culinary contexts of the Second Temple period, and particularly on the table interactions between Jews and Gentiles in antiquity. In addition, Pinchas is keenly interested in the archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Mediterranean.

Currently residing in North America, Assoc. Professor Shir lectures internationally and maintains a strong online presence where all can hear his teachings.

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  • 02. Acts as History (part 1) 14:20
  • 03. Acts as History (part 2) 15:13
  • 04. Judea, Samaria and Beyond 16:26
  • 05. The Sound of Rushing Wind (part 1) 13:16
  • 06. The Sound of Rushing Wind (part 2) 12:41
  • 07. Whoever calls on the Name of the LORD (part 1) 16:53
  • 08. Whoever calls on the Name of the LORD (part 2) 26:26
  • 09. Making The Right Connections 25:46
  • 10. By The Beautiful Gate 16:53
  • 11. Healing at The Gate 19:39
  • 12. Healing in The Name of Nazarene 18:11
  • 13. Repentance in The Solomon's Portico 10:42
  • 14. The Heart of Peter's Message 16:39
  • 15. Yeshua - God's Servant 12:45
  • 16. The Stone Which The Builders Rejected 17:11
  • 17. Salvation Modern and Ancient (part 1) 20:36
  • 18. Salvation Modern and Ancient (part 2) 13:30
  • 19. Peter's Words in Context 15:11
  • 20. Messiah The Cornerstone 09:28
  • 21. Forbidding the Name of Jesus 15:06
  • 22. Apostolic Prayer for Strength 24:47
  • 23. All Things Were Common (part 1) 16:40
  • 24. All Things Were Common (part 2) 18:18

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    The information is insightful
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    inconsistent audio
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    i enjoyed all of it

    Posted 1 month ago
    A little different perspective than the teachings in the Christian church.

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