In Stone and Story

Early Christianity in the Roman World

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Chapter 9: Death & Life

Class Activities

To better understand Isis devotion, have students read Colossians 1:15-20 and rewrite it as if it had been written by an Isis devotee. What parts of that text would be different? What parts would remain largely the same?

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some similarities and differences between Isis-devotion and early Jesus-devotion? Link your ideas to particular texts of the New Testament.
  2. What aspects of the “Corinthian” understanding of the resurrection did Paul address in 1 Corinthians? Does the “Corinthian” view of resurrection have much of a foothold today?