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Lecture 1: The Early Church

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Specific political and cultural events combined to form a setting when Jesus lived, which can be described as the "fullness of time." In the founding and development of the early church, Pentecost, the fall of Jerusalem in a.d. 70 and the persecution of Christians were significant.


I. Introduction

II. Outline

III. Early Christianity to Constantine

A. Fullness of time

1. Political empires

2. Different parties in Judaism

3. Diaspora of Jews

4. Greco-Roman world

B. Pentecost

C. Question about how much the Gentiles should be bound by Jewish Law

D. The message of the early church

E. The fall of Jerusalem

F. Persecutions

G. Early heresies

H. Lessons we learn from the early church

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