HarvardX for Allston Event: “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul”


Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston

HarvardX for Allston Event: “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul”
A discussion with Professor Laura Nasrallah on the controversial texts from the time of the Roman Empire and their powerful impact today
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard Street, Allston

The letters of Paul are the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures—and were immediately controversial. Together we'll explore: What is the religious and political context into which they emerged? How were they first interpreted? How and why do they make such an enormous impact in Christian communities and in politics today? 

Using archaeological evidence, the talk will help present a picture of how Paul and the communities to which he wrote lived in the context of the Roman Empire and the diversity of ancient Judaism.

Professor Nasrallah will incoporate materials from her HarvardX course "Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul".  Read more about the course or watch an introduction to the course.  

This event is part of a new program called HarvardX for Allston, which combines online learning with in-person interactions in an effort to provide enriched learning experiences and workforce development opportunities for Allston-Brighton residents.  

Laura Nasrallah is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard University.  Nasrallah's research and teaching bring together New Testament and early Christian literature with the archaeological remains of the Mediterranean world. She also investigates how these texts make an impact in religious communities and in politics today. Her books include An Ecstasy of Folly: Prophecy and Authority in Early ChristianityChristian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire, and two co-edited volumes, Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christian Studies and From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonikē: Studies in Religion and Archaeology. She’s currently at work on a commentary on 1 Corinthians and a book titled Archaeology and the Letters of Paul. Her awards include a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology and a fellowship from the American Association of University Women.