Adult Education with Dr. Larry Welborn

NEW TIME! June 21 & 28, 11:30 AM

May 31-June 28, 2020

Sunday Mornings Online, 9-10 AM

Join us as Professor Larry Welborn leads a five-week virtual adult education class on the early Christian Church’s response to disease epidemics. 

The class will be taught using Zoom. There will be an opportunity for questions at set times during each class. If you cannot make it to the study, the class sessions will be recorded and available for viewing later.


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Meeting ID: 819 7793 3117
Password: 684022

Professor Welborn teaches New Testament and Early Christianity at Fordham University in New York City (the Bronx!). He holds a Ph.D. in Theology (New Testament and Judaism) from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University. He is a world-renowned New Testament scholar, with particular interests in Paul’s epistles.


Class Description: Early Christian Response to Disease Epidemics

Pandemics swept over the Mediterranean in 160-80 AD and 251-60 AD. Historians believe that the first epidemic was smallpox, the second measles. The diseases resulted in frightening mortality rates in previously unexposed populations. Historians estimate that, in each case, one quarter of the population of the Roman Empire perished. The letters of two Christian bishops, Cyprian of Carthage and Dionysius of Alexandria, make clear that Christians responded differently than their pagan neighbors. The course goes in search of the reason for the difference, tracing the beliefs that shaped the response back through the letters of Paul and the Epistle of James to Jesus himself.

Class Recordings


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