‘Puzzling out’ Paul

first_imgAt the time when the apostle Paul was writing the letters that would become some of the earliest texts in the Christian scriptures, the world was “full of gods … almost a forest of statues,” according to Laura Nasrallah, professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the Harvard Divinity School.In addition to the Roman pantheon, in a move that elevated the power of the state and encouraged the faith of the masses, political leaders were often deified after their deaths — and all were on show in public statuary.“You really met a god on every street corner,” Nasrallah said.Understanding that Roman world of multiple gods, many cultures, political oppression, slavery, and economic inequality is critical to any in-depth appreciation of these earliest Christian texts, Nasrallah told a crowd of more than 60 members of the greater Allston-Brighton community at the Harvard Allston Education Portal.During her May 14 discussion, she encouraged the audience to consider the historical epistles in their cultural context — an effort she explores in “Letters of Paul,” a Harvard X course with more than 22,000 learners worldwide.“The letters of Paul are still relevant today: liturgically, as Western classics, and as ways of thinking about politics, ethnicity, or equality,” she said. “But it’s important to understand these letters as strangers” before accepting them as friends — to “puzzle out the meaning” of what Paul, and others like him, were trying to say, she said.“If there’s anyone who represents the threading together of important perspectives in new and creative ways to transform our view of the New Testament of early Christianity, it would be Laura,” said Robert A. Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, faculty director of the Ed Portal, and faculty director of HarvardX. “She investigates how these texts have had an impact not only on religious communities, but also the political landscape.”Nasrallah’s talk was part of HarvardX for Allston, an educational initiative that brings HarvardX content to the community with the added component of face-to-face interactions and discussion. It’s been a hit with the community; one Allston resident at the lecture, Mark Yoder, was a repeat visitor to the faculty series.“She did a very good job of trying to isolate some beginning, key topics,” he said of Nasrallah’s talk. “The questions that she’s raised and what she’s talking about are important issues. It was great.”“It’s a great thing for Harvard to direct its resources to make the richness of our world more accessible to the community, to provide spaces where members of those communities can enter into that scholarly debate quite smoothly,” Nasrallah said.last_img read more

Dozens of Jakarta neighborhoods flooded after Sunday night rain

first_imgModerate to heavy rain in Greater Jakarta on Sunday night has left at least 56 neighborhood units (RT) inundated and displaced hundreds of residents.The Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD)’s data and information center head, Mohammad Insaf, said floodwaters reached 10 to 150 centimeters in most of the affected areas on Monday morning.“There are 23 neighborhood units inundated in South Jakarta, while there are 31 RTs in East Jakarta and 2 RTs in West Jakarta,” Insaf said in a statement on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com. Floodwaters reached a depth of up to 150 cm in parts of South Jakarta and East Jakarta and up to 30 cm in West Jakarta.Read also: Jakarta braces for flooding as rainy season approaches, La Niña loomsAs many as 257 South Jakarta residents took shelter at two locations when the floods struck their residential areas, namely at the Al-Ma’muriah mushola (prayer room) in East Cilandak and the Al Ma’mur mosque in East Pejaten.Floods from heavy rain in the capital city and the upstream areas also struck parts of Jakarta last month. Governor Anies Baswedan has urged stakeholders to prepare for potentially hazardous flooding in the capital as the rainy season approaches.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that several regions in the country have entered the rainy season. The La Niña weather phenomenon would also increase rainfall intensity in some parts of Indonesia as it tends to cause extreme weather in the Indonesian archipelago.(syk)Topics :last_img read more

General secretary of faithful Kotoko supporters joins campaign for overhauling of club’s administration

first_imgGeneral Secretary of Faithful Supporters Group of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Kingsley Abeyie says Kotoko need a change in their current administration to oversee a holistic transformation in the processes of the club.Kotoko has come under pressure this very season after failing to perform to the satisfaction in the opening five matches of the league which only intensified after they needed penalties to knock out division two side AK Shion in the MTN FA cup round of 64.“This current administration of the club does not know how to run the club and have failed in terms of administration so therefore we need change in this administration because we are tired with how they are running the club, he told Asempa Sports/“Kotoko can’t only be run by rich men but someone who knows basics in administration and somebody who can properly structure the club.”He however pledged to work behind the scenes to do his utmost best to help the club restore its lost glory.“As for us, we will work underground to help bring change in Kotoko and help support the club as well.” Kotoko play Aduana Stars at Dormaa this weekend with the Porcupines yet to beat the Dormaa side at home since they joined the league in 2009.General Secretary of Faithful Supporters Group of Kumasi Asante Kotoko Kingsley Abeyie says Kotoko need a change in their current administration to oversee a holistic transformation in the processes of the club.Kotoko has come under pressure this very season after failing to perform to the satisfaction in the opening five matches of the league which only intensified after they needed penalties to knock out division two side AK Shion in the MTN FA cup round of 64.“This current administration of the club does not know how to run the club and have failed in terms of administration so therefore we need change in this administration because we are tired with how they are running the club, he told Asempa Sports/“Kotoko can’t only be run by rich men but someone who knows basics in administration and somebody who can properly structure the club.” He however pledged to work behind the scenes to do his utmost best to help the club restore its lost glory.“As for us, we will work underground to help bring change in Kotoko and help support the club as well.”Kotoko play Aduana Stars at Dormaa this weekend with the Porcupines yet to beat the Dormaa side at home since they joined the league in 2009. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more