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Bible Study

posted Sep 27, 2014, 1:39 PM by Freeport UMC   [ updated Oct 7, 2014, 9:15 PM ]
This is a relatively new bible study taking place on Thursday's at 7:30AM in the Church parlor.  It is a continuation of the studies begun at this year's Church Family Retreat at Shelter Island.  We will be viewing the remaining 3 parts of the PBS series, 'From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians'.  

The Series "From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" is a historical documentary series that tells the epic story of the rise of Christianity. The four-hour program explores the life of Jesus, his death, and the men and women whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created the religion we now know as Christianity. Drawing upon historical evidence that has created a revolution in New Testament scholarship, the series challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about Christian origins. Archaeological finds have yielded new understandings of Jesus' class and social status; fresh interpretations have transformed earlier ideas about the identity of the early Christians and their
communities. Through engaging, on-camera interviews with twelve scholars-New Testament theologians, archaeologists, and historians-the series presents their contributions to this intellectual revolution. Together they represent a range of viewpoints, a diversity of faiths, and a shared commitment to bring new ways of thinking about Christianity to a public audience.

"From Jesus to Christ" reveals that Christianity did not arise as a single, uniform, and coherent movement, but as one marked by diversity of opinion, practice, and belief. From the beginning, the movement was forged by conflict as the early Christians wrestled with their Jewish heritage, collided with paganism, challenged the authority of the Roman Empire, and clashed with each other. The series conveys the early Christians' struggle to understand Jesus and the meaning of his message and suggests that their ancient world of 2,000 years ago may not be so very different from our own. 

No matter what your faith, or what you believe, this series will ask you to reconsider what you think you know about a story that has so decisively shaped Western civilization.

If you are interested please call Lay Servant Gus at 516-850-1613.  Start date is TBD.