St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church


Church History

Church History

Every Wednesday, from 09/13/2017 to 05/16/2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Have you ever wondered?

  • Where the early Christians really hunted down and martyred, with repeated persecutions for an illegal religion forcing them to hide in the catacombs of Rome?
  • Did the ancient Jews of Jesus' time always believe in a single, all-powerful God?
  • How did breaking away from their Jewish roots make Christians more vulnerable in the Roman world?
  • What were the origins of what we now consider the distinctively Christian liturgical practices of baptism and the Eucharist?

As you will see during this course, the answers are quite surprising.

This course uses Professor Ehrman's video series The Historical Jesus and The New Testament. These study lectures take you back to Christianity's first three centuries to explain its transition from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. It introduces you to lost Christianities and their sacred writings. And it shows how many of those writings were originally proscribed or destroyed, only to be rediscovered in modern times.

Snacks will be served. A small free-will offering of $10 per month/per person will be collected to purchase snacks, food, and beverages


Church History 24 Sessions. Come for one or all sessions. Weeks with no session are in BOLD.

September 13: Session 1 The Birth of Christianity
September 20: Session 2 The world of Early Christianity
September 27: Session 3 The Historical Jesus
October 4: Session 4 Oral and Written Traditions about Jesus
October 11: Session 5 The Apostle Paul
October 18: Session 6 The Beginning of Jewish Christian Relations
October 25: Session 7 Anti-Jewish use of the Old Testament
November 1: Off
November 8: Session 8 The rise of Christian Anti Judaism
November 15: Session 9 Early Christian Mission
November 22: Session 10 The Christianization of The Roman Empire
November 23: Thanksgiving
November 29: Off Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Session 11 Early Persecutions by the state
December 13: Session 12 The Causes of Christian Persecution
December 20: Session 13 and Christmas Luncheon Reaction to Persecution
December 25: Christmas Break
December 27: Christmas Break
January 3: New Year and Christmas Break
January 10: Session 14 Early Christian Apologists
January 17: Session 15 Diversity of early Christian Communities
January 24: Session 16 Christians in the Second Century
January 31: Off
February 7: Session 17 The role of Pseudepigragha
February 14: Ash Wednesday Off
February 21: Lenten University 1 Off
February 28: Lenten University 2 Off
March 7: Lenten University 3 Off
March 14: Lenten University 4 Off
March 21: Lenten University 5 Off
March 28: Holy Week Off
April 4: Session 18 The Victory of the Proto Orthodox
April 11: Session 19 The New Testament Canon
April 18: Session 20 The Development of Church offices
April 25: Session 21 The rise of Liturgy
May 2: Session 22 The Beginning or Normative Theology
May 9: Session 23 The Trinity
May 16: Session 24 and Graduation luncheon The Conquest of the Empire