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edX: HDS1544.1x: Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul

 with  Laura Nasrallah
The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures, written by a Jew at a time when the word “Christian” hadn’t yet been coined. What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How were they first interpreted? How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today? Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. We’ll explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today to debate relations between Christians and Jews; issues such as love, law, and grace; and topics such as charismatic Christianity, homosexuality, and women’s religious leadership.
Archaeological materials and ancient writings will help you to enter the ancient Mediterranean world and to think about religious groups, power, poverty, health, and the lives of elites and slaves in the Roman Empire. We’ll explore how immediately controversial these letters were, and how these letters are used today to debate relations between Christians and Jews; issues such as love, law, and grace; and topics such as charismatic Christianity, homosexuality, and women’s religious leadership.

Whether you’ve been studying Paul’s letters for years or are merely curious about what Christian scriptures are, this course will provide you with information to deepen your understanding of the ancient contexts and present-day controversies about these texts.
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Subject Religion
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Dr. Laura Nasrallah @ Harvard on 'Letters of Paul' (HDS 1544.1x) Harvard (EdX and Laura) offer a FREE college course on NT Epistles, Pauline Theology.  It's multi-lingual, in English and Spanish, but it require a good computer, a printer, and high-speed internet. A MOCC is available to anyone, anywhere, at any-ti Read More
Dr. Laura Nasrallah @ Harvard on 'Letters of Paul' (HDS 1544.1x)

Harvard (EdX and Laura) offer a FREE college course on NT Epistles, Pauline Theology.  It's multi-lingual, in English and Spanish, but it require a good computer, a printer, and high-speed internet. A MOCC is available to anyone, anywhere, at any-time.  Her lectures are available 24x7, with five 9's of uptime.  That's at least 99.9 % of the time. The computer Gurus of Boston manage the delivery, Laura provides the content.

Where did she come from ?  She's a Harvard Professor, a solid teacher. She's contributes to educational Free-ware, FREE instruction at the Click of a Mouse. If you reach Yahoo, you will be in her Lecture Room at Harvard. Then enjoy and learn.

This course was Joy and fun. It's not for the faint of heart. If you take this course, make sure you're IN the first day or First week of class. If not, you can quickly fall behind. Stay caught up on your Homework. Don't make her get that virtual 'Wooden Ruler' out of her Desk drawer !

The student body in 1544 is superb. You study with Champions, industrial heavy-weights from every nation, every occupation. The older (and retired) students in class is a huge plus. Build your own network of elite advisors who have retired from nearly every occupation. What they Post in Chat Sessions is phenomenal. The international Flavor of this course is superb.

Who is Laura Nasrallah ? 

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness" of modern Distance Learning, higher education, and MOOC assemblies. Prof Nasrallah is the face of God's international Redeeming Love, using the lips of Harvard, speaking with the voice of Princeton. She does this in an exquisite and luxurious way. She's delightful and entertaining.

Laura has a Joy & enthusiasm sharing her Subject. She takes us 2,000 years back in time to the Publishing and Manufacturing (engineering) process of Letter Writing (and ideals) of the First Century. She includes lifestyles, Labor and Management, Philosophy, History, Marriage, and Religion. This train load of blessings comes packaged in just one Lady Princeton Tiger. Roar !

Laura dumps an ocean of rich wisdom into your lap. How can we use these insights into Wisdom, and Paul's Jewish ethics of right and wrong, good and bad ? It can only be used in 4 parts of your Life. That is, in - Relationships (at home and at community); at work (a Career, Occupation), in Material Assets (Finance, Money), and Health (Healing, Wholeness, Holistic living). So, the application of what Laura presents can only change and transform your entire LIFE !

The content. If you're looking for some New Age, whacky, way out ideas - Stay away. She is straight edge, conservative, and charismatic in a refreshing way. She understands Mainline denominations, and stays in the middle of the road. I was not disappointed. I expected to learn more about God, Life, marriage, health, and how to excel in the workplace. That what I got.

Laura is emerging as a Rock- Star of Gospels in the MOOC format.  She's a contemporary of authors and Televangelists like Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Joyce Meyer, Janet Parshall, and Mother Angelica.  They built on earlier success of- Maria Woodworth-Etter, Aimee Semple McPherson, Anne Dutton, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, St Therese, St Catherine, Joan of Arc.  

Jesus of Nazareth spent most of His life within a 100 Mile radius of Nazareth and Jerusalem. He wore a robe and sandals, taught face to face, and walked from Town to Town. Dr. Laura relentlessly proclaims her message Non-stop, 24x7, around the world, as students Logon. Laura spread the Good News around the clock at the speed of Light ! “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12)

If you're hungry to discover what's inside of your Bible, register and logon. If you want to be become strong and prosperous in every aspect of your life - Dive in !

Donato en ST L
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Donato86 completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
Dr. Laura Nasrallah @ Harvard on 'Letters of Paul' (HDS 1544.1x) Harvard (EdX and Laura) offers a FREE college course on NT Epistles, Pauline Theology.  It's multi-lingual, in English and Spanish, but it requires a good computer, a printer, and high-speed internet. A MOCC is available to anyone, anywhere, at any-time Read More
Dr. Laura Nasrallah @ Harvard on 'Letters of Paul' (HDS 1544.1x)

Harvard (EdX and Laura) offers a FREE college course on NT Epistles, Pauline Theology.  It's multi-lingual, in English and Spanish, but it requires a good computer, a printer, and high-speed internet. A MOCC is available to anyone, anywhere, at any-time.  Her lectures are available 24x7, with five 9's of uptime.  That's at least 99.9 % of the time. The computer Gurus of Boston manage the delivery, Laura provides the content.

Where did she come from ?  She's a Harvard Professor, a solid teacher. She's contributes to educational Free-ware, FREE instruction at the Click of a Mouse. If you reach Yahoo, you will be in her Lecture Room at Harvard. Then learn and enjoy.

This course was Joy and fun. It's not for the faint of heart. If you take this course, make sure you're IN the first day or First week of class. If not, you can quickly fall behind. Stay caught up on your Homework. Don't make her get that virtual 'Wooden Ruler' out of her Desk drawer !

The student body in 1544 is superb. You study with Champions, industrial heavy-weights from every nation, every occupation. The older (and retired) students in class is a huge plus. Build your own network of elite advisors who have retired from nearly every occupation. What they Post in Chat Sessions is phenomenal. The international Flavor of this course is superb.

Who is Laura Nasrallah ? 

"The voice of one crying in the wilderness" of modern Distance Learning, higher education, and MOOC assemblies. Prof Nasrallah is the face of God's international redeeming Love, speaking with the lips of Harvard, and the voice of Princeton. She does this in an exquisite and luxurious way. She's delightful and entertaining.

Laura has a Joy and enthusiasm sharing her Subject. She takes us 2,000 years back in time to the Publishing and Manufacturing (engineering) process of Letter Writing (and ideals) of the First Century. She includes lifestyles, Labor and Management, Philosophy, History, Marriage, and Religion. This truck load of blessings comes packaged in just one Lady Princeton Tiger. Roar!

Laura dumps an ocean of rich wisdom into your lap. How can we use these insights into Wisdom, and Paul's Jewish ethics of right and wrong, good and bad ? It can only be used in 4 parts of your Life. That is, in - Relationships (at home and at community); at work (a Career, Occupation), in Material Assets (Finance, Money), and Health (Healing, Wholeness, Holistic living). So, the application of what Laura presents can only change and transform your entire LIFE !

The content. If you're looking for some New Age, whacky, way out ideas - Stay away. She is straight edge, conservative, and charismatic in a refreshing way. She understands mainline denominations, and stays in the middle of the road. I was not disappointed. I expected to learn more about God, Life, marriage, health, and how to excel in the workplace. That's what I got.

Laura is emerging as a Rock- Star of the Gospel in MOOC format.  She's a contemporary of authors and Televangelists like Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Joyce Meyer, Janet Parshall, and Mother Angelica.  They built on earlier success of- Maria Woodworth-Etter, Aimee Semple McPherson, Anne Dutton, and Elizabeth Ann Seton, St Therese, St Catherine, Joan of Arc. 

Jesus of Nazareth spent most of His life within a 100 Mile radius of Nazareth and Jerusalem. He wore a robe and sandals, taught face to face, and walked from Town to town. Dr. Laura relentlessly proclaims her message Non-stop, 24x7, around the world, as students Logon. Laura spreads the Good News around the clock at the speed of Light ! “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” ( See John 14:12)

If you're hungry to discover what's inside of your Bible, register and logon. If you want to be become strong and prosperous in every aspect of your life - Dive in ! Donato en Saint Louis HKN

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This did take a fair amount of time but the subject matter was very interesting. I appreciated the mix of reading and video.
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I began this course believing that I had a better-than-average understanding of the ancient Roman world and early Christianity. This course considerably deepened that knowledge.
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