Stories of the Jewish Church II: Acts 5-9

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 second part of the course focuses on Chapters 5-9 as persecutions cause the spread of the good news beyond Jerusalem throughout Judea and Samaria. Saul receives a vision of the Messiah and a new mission in life. 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.

About Author

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. Making Sense of Jewish Ecclesia 14:27
  • 03. Ecclesia in the Temple (Part 1) 15:57
  • 04. Ecclesia in the Temple (Part 2) 25:38
  • 05. Jews vs. Hebrews in the Church (Part 1) 18:04
  • 06. Jews vs. Hebrews in the Church (Part 2) 16:01
  • 07. Stephen's Witness 25:13
  • 08. Persecution and Growth 22:58
  • 09. From Samaria to Outer Parts 21:48
  • 10. Shaul's Vision and New Mission 33:05
  • 11. Peter's Travels in Yaffo and Lod 15:28

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  • Irene

    Posted 2 weeks ago
    I was surprised about the apostles staying in Jerusalem using the Temple as a meeting place but thinking about my past readings was James the Righteous not a high Priest. I could see if he was, they could have used Solomon's Portico in the temple for a while???
  • Dr Tichaona Banda

    Posted 1 month ago
    The enlightment
  • Thomas Norris

    Posted 1 month ago
    Great course. Looking forward to more from Acts...
  • Faith Davis

    Posted 2 months ago
    Wish it was longer
  • Susan Liersch

    Posted 2 months ago
    Actually nothing needs improving, could only move on if I identified something. I am enjoying this course and looking forward to the next course in this series.

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