When, where, and why did people first believe in the divinity of Jesus?
In this course, Dr. Larry Hurtado, one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of Christian origins, explores when, where, and why Christians first believed in the divinity of Jesus. He also clears away a mountain of popular misinformation. Dr. Hurtado focuses especially on what early Christian “devotional practices,” such as prayer and worship, tell us about their beliefs. Contrary to many popular — and nearly all sensational — treatments of Christian history, Dr. Hurtado demonstrates that such beliefs and practices arose extraordinarily quickly; they were not the product of a decades-long evolution. Furthermore, they were embraced first by Jewish, not Gentile, believers. These are keys which any account of emerging Christianity must take seriously.
Flexible Course Scheduling
Devotion to Jesus consists of eight sessions, each including a video lesson averaging 20 minutes. Ideally, each class session would last for at least 90 minutes. However, all of the video lessons are divided into two roughly equal segments — so it’s easy to split the lessons in two, fitting each comfortably into a short (e.g., 45-minute Sunday School) period.