Professor Pinchas Shir joins me to talk about his course The Jewish Church Part 1. This is a wildly popular course at IBC because it takes familiar stories and brings to life new ideas. This week we talk about how Jewish the original church was, why we know they were Jewish, and how we better understand the Book of Acts by reading it as a Jewish narrative. Plus, what is Peter doing by quoting the prophets?
The early church was Jewish. The people present for Pentecost were in Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of Shavuot. Peter used the writings of the Psalms and the Prophets to communicate with the crowds. Our understanding of the Book of Acts transforms when we read this within a Jewish centric context. Listen in as Pinchas Shir explains some of these concepts.
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