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Week 1 HW-Read Chapters 2-5 

Discussion-Post comments about your reading here, Jesus’s birth and the birth of the church or the age of the disciples when Jesus recruited them. 

After looking up somethings I found in in Luke 3 Scripture says that Jesus was in his 30’s when he started ministering - and if the disciples were his students I would assume they were in their late teens or in their 20’s. Going to do some more research today - just wanted to put the beginning of my findings

I have to agree with Ashley. Luke 3:23 states that Jesus was 30 years old when he started his ministry. 

Ashley said:

After looking up somethings I found in in Luke 3 Scripture says that Jesus was in his 30’s when he started ministering - and if the disciples were his students I would assume they were in their late teens or in their 20’s. Going to do some more research today - just wanted to put the beginning of my findings

Also, I want to add that the disciples were somewhere between 13  - 30 years old.  Under the Jewish culture disciples were generally younger than their teacher. 

At first it surprised that the disciples could have been teenagers with Jesus being their 30 year old discipler. Then I think about what life might have been like in those days I figure they probably didn’t go to school and started working at very young age. They probably didn’t have as much knowledge as teenagers have now but I bet they were way more mature. Having more discipline and less distractions probably put a boost in their spiritual growth and success. In addition to the power of God, of course. To God Be the honor and the Glory!

These were my findings:

In Jewish tradition, a young man began following a Rabbi between the ages of 12 and 30, and usually when he was less than 20. So that would make most of the apostles teenagers when Jesus called them to follow him.

The use of the term “little ones”

In Matthew 11:25, Luke 10:21, and John 13:33, Jesus calls his disciples little children, “little ones”. This would be a bit insulting if they were men, no matter how radical or gentle the rabbi!

James and John

These guys were brothers. They had a pushy mom named Salome who wanted to arrange where they would sit with Jesus at the table. Salome’s  pushiness wouldn’t make sense if  the brothers were grown men.(Matthew 20:20-24). Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”as they were probably either loud or bold, characteristics in youth.

Only Peter Is Known to Have been Paid the Temple Tax

In Exodus 30:14-15, Jewish law states that every male over the age of 20 is to pay a half-shekel as a census offering when they visit the temple of God. In Matthew 17:24-27, Jesus instructs Peter to “fish up” this tax. And to find a four-drachma in the mouth of the fish he catches; enough to pay the tax for two men, himself and Jesus. Jesus requests this only for Peter and for Jesus. You could conclude that the others were underage and did not need to pay.

Another relevant fact is that John lived until at least AD96 when Revelation was written, which is 66 years after Jesus died. That suggests that John was almost certainly a teenager when he joined Jesus.

While reading about Paul’s for missionary trips, it reinforced how God is able to use every situation for his glory. Being one of the main persecutors in the early church had to bring a great impact on his preaching after that time. As a prisoner, he was able to preach the gospel to prisoners as well as guards and it seems that he was given more opportunities to travel.

Week 2 

Discussion: School of Alexandia?, School of Asia Minor?, School of Africa? 

Homework- Read Chapters 6-8, Also Dates of when the different emperors reigned discussed in class, Upload findings in VictoryOutreach.org

As promised, here I am logged on for discussions. 

homework uploaded. 

Karla Hernandez said:

Week 2 

Discussion: School of Alexandia?, School of Asia Minor?, School of Africa? 

Homework- Read Chapters 6-8, Also Dates of when the different emperors reigned discussed in class, Upload findings in VictoryOutreach.org

Three schools of Theology arose, at Alexandria, in Asia Minor, and in North Africa.
1. School of Alexandria was founded in 180 A.D. by Pantaenus, who had been a stoic philosopher, but as a Christian was eminent for fervency of spirit and eloquence in oral teaching.
2. School of Asia Minor greatest representative was Irenaeus, who "combined the zeal of the evangelist with the skill of the finished writer."
3. School of North Africa was in Carthage, and through a series of able writers and theologians, did more than either of the other schools to shape the theological thought of Europe.

Okay folks, let’s get on this site and discuss the schools we talked about in class. BTW, great work Ashley on your homework about the dates of the reign of the different emperors. 

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