Christian Journey Series: “Life in the First Century”

Wednesdays: January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Valentine Hall

AND Sunday, January 26, 10:15-11:00 a.m., Valentine Hall

What was a Roman banquet like? What were illness, medicine, and death like in the ancient Near East? How were Roman cities designed? How do stories of mythical heroes compare to stories of the Messiah? Enter the world of the first century with our guest speakers to consider how early Christians would have heard the words and understood the ministry of Jesus Christ.

January 15: Mystery Cults and the Mystery of Faith
From the Cult of Mithros to Gnosticism, mystery religions were thriving in the 1st century. The Rev. Dr. John McCard talks about how these exclusive cults compared to the Way of Jesus Christ emerging at this time.

January 22: While on the Way to the Forum…
Our built environment affects so much of how we live every day. Local architect Gibson Worsham gives us a street view of life in an ancient Roman city — how it was laid out, and why.

January 29: In Gods They Trust
The Roman Empire of the first century was a mixing pot for the multitude of religions, pieties, philosophies and mythologies of the ancient Mediterranean world, as St. Paul alludes to in Acts 17. The Rev. Dr. Thom Blair, popular for his in-depth Bible study, will give an overview of Greco-Roman religious life, thought and practice of the ordinary people in the Greco-Roman world.

February 5: From Eggs to Apples: Ancient Roman Dining
Meals were a big deal in the 1st century. Come for a typical Roman meal at our Fellowship Supper at 6:00 p.m., and stay to learn what and how ancient Romans ate…and what meaning it conveyed. Dr. Elizabeth Baughan is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Classics at the University of Richmond.

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