This lecture takes on how to get one’s mind around the fact that there were no Christians in the first two centuries after Jesus. The words “Christian” or Christianity” are lacking from almost all of writings of the first two centuries. The lecture re-thinks the very few places that “Christian” occurs in these writings and what the few Greek and Latin words translated as “Christian” actually mean. Finally—and crucially—this lecture examines the emerging words that were used among emerging Jesus communities to identify themselves.
Chapter Two is the primary focus of this lecture comes, but almost every other chapter of After Jesus before Christianity contributes to helping the reader get beyond the words “Christian” and “Christianity” in relations to the first to centuries.
Scholars Shirley Paulson and Brandon Scott. Ninety minutes with Q and A.