17 hours 56 min. (17 CDs / MP3)
Seven letters in the New Testament—1 and 2 Peter, James, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Jude—have been referred to since ancient times as the “seven Catholic epistles.” They give us an essential window into the life and teaching of the three men whom St. Paul referred as the “pillars” of the first-century Church: Peter, James, and John (Galatians 2:9). They also contain the one tiny epistle attributed to the famous St. Jude, patron of lost causes.
And yet these seven books of the New Testament are some of the most neglected and controversial writings in the Bible. Indeed, many modern scholars consider all of these letters to be forgeries. Moreover, the theology of these letters is also controversial. In this amazingly in-depth Bible study, Dr. Pitre takes you step-by-step through the seven Catholic epistles, answering questions such as:
• Did the apostles write the seven Catholic epistles? Are they really forgeries?
• Who was James “the brother of Jesus”? What did ancient Christians believe about whether Mary had other children?
• What did Peter teach about the priesthood of the laity and the mystery of “divinization”?
• Can 2 Peter be reconciled with the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura?
• What does James teach about faith and works?
• What does 1 John teach about the Antichrist and mortal sin?
• Why does Jude quote the lost book of Enoch?
As we will see, far from being unimportant, the seven Catholic Epistles give us essential New Testament teaching on the identity of Jesus’ so-called “brothers,” faith and works, justification, sins of the tongue, anointing of the sick, the priesthood of the laity, Jesus’ descent into Hell, redemptive suffering, divinization, the debate over sola scriptura, the end of the world, the new creation, the distinction between mortal and venial sin, the Antichrist, the existence of Hell, and a host of other topics.
Although these seven letters are short, they are packed with inspired teaching that is essential for the Christian life. If you’ve wanted know more about the very first Jewish Christians, then this is the Bible study for you.
Dr. Pitre has many qualities as a teacher. Being able to present a big and deep study like this in a clear and organized way is one of his biggest qualities. This is the study that will help you understand and grow in faith with the Catholic Epistles. Its organization and content will help not only those who want to grow in faith, but also teachers as myself. For that, I can't thank Dr. Pitre enough. Highly recommended!
I am only now just finishing up with the first 6 CD's which covers the book of James. This is a wonderful talk so far. Dr Pitre shows how James is a Jewish book and not a Book meant for Gentiles as many scholars think. He rather easily corrects the challenges Bart Ehrman and other scholars present regarding the legitimacy of James and the other epistles. Highly recommend this talk!
Great so far!
I am pleased with everything. I do get overwhelmed at times because I follow many Catholic apologists and or theologians; So it takes me a while to get through any one piece of material or book. Sometimes I just delete emails as I have too many books or lectures going at once.