The Life and Times of Jesus and His Contemporaries

Brown University

The Life and Times of Jesus and His Contemporaries

Brown University

How did Jesus and His followers live? Transform your faith by entering the fascinating milieu of the New Testament.

If you’ve spent time in a foreign culture, what you encountered might have intrigued—even perplexed—you. There is so much to take in: unfamiliar languages, strange foods, different customs.

Reading the New Testament provides a similar experience. After all, the environment in which Jesus lived was worlds away from our own. Without understanding the life and culture of first-century Palestine, therefore, you cannot fully appreciate the gospels, the Pauline Epistles, and Christ’s ministry.

The Life and Times of Jesus and His Contemporaries transports you to the world that shaped Christianity. In twelve lectures, you will

How did Jesus and His followers live? Transform your faith by entering the fascinating milieu of the New Testament.

If you’ve spent time in a foreign culture, what you encountered might have intrigued—even perplexed—you. There is so much to take in: unfamiliar languages, strange foods, different customs.

Reading the New Testament provides a similar experience. After all, the environment in which Jesus lived was worlds away from our own. Without understanding the life and culture of first-century Palestine, therefore, you cannot fully appreciate the gospels, the Pauline Epistles, and Christ’s ministry.

The Life and Times of Jesus and His Contemporaries transports you to the world that shaped Christianity. In twelve lectures, you will navigate the streets Jesus walked, enter the temples the disciples attended, and explore the sociopolitical context in which they lived. Your guide is Fr. Raymond F. Collins, a renowned New Testament scholar who leads you on this journey with wisdom and wit.

As you learn about the differences between Jesus’ environment and our own, you will look with awe at that world from two thousand years ago. Each lecture paints a vivid picture, inviting you to imagine what this time and place looked like. By following Jesus’s life from first-century Galilee to the city of Jerusalem, you will read the New Testament with new eyes.

Enrich your understanding as you inhabit the world that shaped Scripture.

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  • The Sources
  • North and South
  • Marriage and Family
  • Occupations
  • The Economy
  • The Language
  • Village Life
  • The Social Horizon: Roman Occupation
  • The Religious Horizon: Synagogue and Temple
  • Travel
  • Up to Jerusalem
  • The End of the Story

Fr. Raymond F. Collins, S.T.D., is a renowned expert on the New Testament, an award-winning professor, and a visiting scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University. The former dean of the School of Religious Studies and professor of New Testament at The Catholic University of America, he has also served as a member of the faculty of theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, where he was chair of the Programs in English, long-time editor of Louvain Studies, and rector of the American College. He is a member of the Rome-based Ecumenical Pauline Colloquium. Fr. Collins earned his licentiate and doctoral degrees in sacred theology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

He is the author and/or editor of twenty books on the New Testament, including An Introduction to the New Testament (1983) and major commentaries on First Corinthians (Sacra Pagina, 1999), 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (New Testament Library, 2002), and Second Corinthians (Paideia, 2013). An associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Fr. Collins has contributed to The Encyclopedia of ReligionThe New Jerome Biblical CommentaryThe Encyclopedia of Religion, The Encyclopedia of CatholicismThe Anchor Bible Dictionary, and The New Interpreters’ Dictionary of the Bible. He has written more than two hundred articles for scholarly and pastoral journals in the United States and abroad.

Praise for Raymond Collins

“Fr. Ray Collins is one of the finest New Testament scholars in the English-speaking world. . . . Fr. Collins uses an easy and understandable style."
– Fr. John Ludwig

Father Collins’ superb scholarship shines through his accessible, lively and engaging lectures. As a parish director of adult education, I find them extremely helpful. They bring to life the New Testament writings in the context of the early Christian communities, allowing the viewer to better appreciate the relevance of these writings for today.”
– Fátima Lee, Ph.D., Lay Pastoral Associate

“Not only a world class New Testament scholar and a prolific author of over fifteen books and three hundred articles, Fr. Raymond F. Collins is also a dynamic educator who makes complex ideas interesting and accessible to the non-expert. For good reason, he has been invited to conduct seminars, workshops and retreats around the world. If you are interested in solid, sound and erudite Biblical interpretation, look no further.”
– Edward Sirois, Chair, Religious Studies, La Salle Academy

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