Rev. Dr. Morris is an ordained Unitarian Minister with Unitarian Ministries International. This is a rehearsal for her speaking engagement in Deland, Florida on May 23rd 2010 at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Church at 10 am. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by!
Lisa is interviewed regarding her research into the life and teachings of the historical Jesus.
We need to keep Jesus in the period of history in which he lived to avoid putting our own spin on his authentic teachings.
This episode is part of the course in Historical Jesus Studies that Lisa is offering on her websight at
The key to understanding Jesus is by not taking him out of his context of first century Judaism. It is arrogant to think that one can universalize his message without regard to the environment of his message.
Possibly forgeries of Paul's letters?
Although Romans has often been regarded as the most important Pauline letter, we must remember that this letter, like all of Paul's correspondence, is occasional in nature: it was written to a specific church for a particular purpose.
A brief overview of these three epistles.
Corinth was a port city: along with grand economic gain and philosophical exchange came some questionable interpersonal behavior. Paul's letters to the church in Corinth show that the problems of the city also affected the Christian community.
In Christian tradition, it appears that Paul was second only to Jesus in contributing to the rise and spread of Christianity. We will also discuss the first church he established in First Thessalonians is the oldest Pauline letter that has survived. Scholars date it to around 49 C.E. It is a friendship letter in which Paul renews his ties with the community.
Christianity is, as many people have pointed out, not the religion of Jesus but the religion about Jesus. Thus, Christianity begins not with Jesus' birth, his public ministry, or even with his death and resurrection. It begins with the belief in the resurrection, the central event for salvation.
Lecture on the the Gospel According to John And the Johannine Epistles
The Gospel of Luke is a Greco-Roman biography that was written anonymously by a Greek speaker. Like Mark and Matthew, this author most likely lived outside of Palestine. The author of Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. The Gospel tells about Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection, and Acts traces the spread of Christianity through the empire.
The Synoptic Problem
Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the "Synoptic Gospels" because their similarities allow them to be "read together." The stories are not just similar; in many instances they agree verbatim.
In order to understand the stories in the New Testament, readers must first familiarize themselves with the culture, society, and assumptions of the Greco-Roman world. In order to understand the stories about Jesus.
Additionally we must understand the ancien Jewish traditions.
Alex Rajkovic plays house and techno. He loves it.
This lecture is on the Jewish roots of the gospel of Matthew and a brief summary.