Thank you and Jeff for arranging and carrying through this seminar.
I'd like to close by asking you what it was that Paul was persecuting.
Paul and Luke, who are generally considered independent sources,
report Paul's persecution of the Christian Churches of God in Judea
down to Damascus. This persecution took place within a few years
of Jesus' death and according to Luke explicitly and Paul implicitly
was carried out with authority from high Judean officials. I assume
that these reports are true and am very curious as to what you think
he was persecuting both in sociological terms (what were these
churches of God in Judea?) and content terms (what did they do
that would justify legal sanctions by Judean officials)?