Stories of the Jewish Church III: Acts 10-15

Pinchas Shir, Associate Professor of Ancient Cultures

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It is not uncommon to read 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 today can imagine. Though the Book of Acts includes many descriptions of historical events, it also preserves sermons and descriptions of the lives of the early Christ-followers. Acts preserves a record of how early believers understood their own faith in the first-century context. This course focuses on the realities of first-century life in light of the historical and cultural context of early Judaism. 

This third part of the course explores the perspective of believers who worshipped in the Temple and met at homes in anticipation of Yeshua's return. Learn about different types of synagogues and associations that functioned across the Mediterranean where Jews and Godfearers from the nations worshipped. Re-discover the stories of the 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. At the Tanner's House 06:20
  • 03. Peter's Rooftop Vision 14:25
  • 04. Clean and Unclean Terminology 10:17
  • 05. Godfearers 10:01
  • 06. Peter at Caesarea 1 12:58
  • 07. Peter at Caesarea 2 09:18
  • 08. Acceptance of non-Jews 11:09
  • 09. Good News in Antioch 07:41
  • 10. Barnabas and Saul in Antioch 16:30
  • 11. Rome and Judea under Claudius 03:41
  • 12. Herod's Empty Prison 06:35
  • 13. Peter's Escape 08:44
  • 14. Herod Agrippa's Death 07:05
  • 15. Jewish Church in Antioch 12:47
  • 16. Synagogue and Ecclesia 1 11:11
  • 17. Synagogue and Ecclesia 2 06:50
  • 18. Cyprus Travels 12:59
  • 19. Psidian Antioch Synagogue 12:45
  • 20. Good News at Psidian Antioch 1 11:04
  • 21. Good News at Psidian Antioch 2 11:04
  • 22. Paul's Message to the Gentiles 13:45
  • 23. Iconium, Lystra and Derbe 10:58
  • 24. Back to Antioch 09:30
  • 25. What to do with Gentiles? 09:32
  • 26. Conversion in Antiquity 11:11
  • 27. Should Gentiles be Circumcised? 09:18
  • 28. The Divine Yoke 11:50
  • 29. Taking a People for His Name 11:14
  • 30. A Letter to Antioch Gentiles 12:48
  • 31. The Growth of the Antioch Movement 09:54
  • 32. What Happened to the Jewish Church? 07:26

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    thank you this course was very helpful
  • Irene

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    This was an interesting overview of the challenges the apostles encounter after Pentecost. I never read the Acts of the Apostles. Thank you.
  • John Shorten

    Posted 2 months ago
    The course was engaging, inspiring and well presented. It opened up a new perspective on the NT texts, indispensable for a fuller understanding. As for the length – I could listen to Professor Shir all day. Todah raba!

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