As the title informs, this MJBI video-modular will briefly survey Luke and Acts, considering Jesus’ rise with that of the early Messianic Jewish faith, practice and experience. We will pay attention to how it morphed as it expanded beyond Israel’s borders and out into the larger Greco-Roman world. An introductory course, it is designed to complement other MJBI courses led by the instructor, which provided both an overview of the whole of church history and a specific look at the nascent, Messianic movement from the first through fourth centuries.
Though related, this inquiry focuses on Luke’s “cosmopolitan” telling of the life and teaching of Jesus/Yeshua, as with that of the earliest communities of His followers. With that in mind, Luke I (his Gospel) and Luke II (his telling of early church history) will be explored. Upon completion, students will be better able to understand Luke’s word and world, as well as Paul’s—the one for whom he is writing.