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Consequences of Christian Faith in the Early Period

May 25, 2018

Another video in the series sponsored by our Centre for the Study of Christian Origins has just been posted here.  In this one, I talk about the “social consequences” of adherence to early Christianity.

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  1. Griffin permalink

    You at times seem to suggest, generally, that the loyalty of Christians was extraordinary, or puzzling, in the face of persecution. But at times we hear indications that actual martyrdom was not all that common. Could you clarify this?

    • Griffin: YOu apparently confuse martyrdom with persecution. Martyrdom was state execution. Which was not common, although often enough to generate a fear of it among all. But “social consequences” (which is what the video is about) = harassment from family, friends, perhaps even physical violence, social labelling, etc. Christians had to withstand all this much more regularly than martyrdom

  2. Gian permalink

    Great explanation, Dr. Hurtado.

    Just a brief question that has nothing to do with the subject of the video.

    In a recent response, you said:

    “Jesus’ followers accompanied him to Jerusalem. They would have been there when he was arrested and executed”.

    Did the episode narrated by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26 also occur in Jerusalem?

    • The text seems to correspond to the portrayals of a “last supper” e.g., in Mark 14, which are set in Jerusalem.

      • Jim permalink

        Further down the rabbit trail to Gian’s question; is it possible to determine from these 1 Cor verses, whether this “last supper” that Paul references was a Passover meal (as in the synoptics), or an evening meal a day before the Passover (as in gJohn)?

      • Jim: I note that in 1 Cor 5:7 Paul writes “our Passover lamb, Christ, has been slain.”

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