ADULT BIBLE CLASS
JESUS – Lord or Legend?
Jesus is one of the most written about
and debated figures in the world. In this eight-
part series, Dr. Maier explores a three-lane
highway to the past through the disciplines of
Archaeology, History, and Geography. Along
the journey, we look back to the world that
Jesus himself saw as he moved toward the
cross. The tentative schedule for this series is
Dr. Paul Maier, best-selling author, scholar and
Lutheran pastor, has served for many years as a professor
of ancient history at Western Michigan University.
History and Archaeology: God's “Back-up Systems”Most Christians assume that all information about the people and events that gave birth to our faith derives from the Bible. But ancient history and archaeology provide fascinating additional details, which not only correlate admirably with Scriptures, but also add fresh dimensions to them.
SESSION 1 – Our Sources of Information January 6
SESSION 2 – Archaeology and History January 13
SESSION 3 – The Works of Josephus January 20
New Perspectives on the Life of JesusThe Biblical record can be tested and then supplemented by history and archaeology for a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding Jesus' birth and Bethlehem, his youth in Nazareth, and his public ministry.
SESSION 4 – The Infancy Narratives January 27
SESSION 5 – Jesus' Public Ministry February 3
The Crucifixion and Resurrection RevisitedAlthough barely hinted at in the Gospels, the politics behind the Crucifixion help explain Pontius Pilate's strange conduct on Good Friday. And the Easter event, which stands at the very core of our faith, can be supported with evidence entirely outside of the New Testament!
SESSION 6 – The Week That Changed the World February 10
SESSION 7 – The Resurrection Revisited February 17
The Explosion of Christianity“Fall-out” from Pentecost can be detected throughout the missionary journeys of St. Paul in Asia Minor and Greece, and the founding of the church at Rome. The secular evidence also explains why the Book of Acts ends so abruptly, and why Nero persecuted the church so horribly after the Great Fire of Rome.
SESSION 8 – The Explosion of Christianity February 24
After viewing each DVD segment, we will have questions & answers and discussion about the material which Dr. Maier presents. In order to give ourselves enough time to discuss the materials presented, the DVD will begin promptly at 8:55 AM.