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Mazza's Letter to the Ephesians

EPHESUS: From Mother Goddess to God's Mother. Capital of Roman Asia, Ephesus was one of their largest cities & home to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Great Temple of the Goddess Artemis. (Only a single column remains of what would have dwarfed the Parthenon.) Artemis, or "Diana," was a mother-goddess bringing fertility and prosperity to this once ancient port-city. Tourists can still buy silver statuettes of the many-breasted diva. St Paul preached monotheism in the city and his followers were dragged in a riot to the ancient amphitheatre, seating a max of 24,000, one can still rest in its bleachers-and test its acoustics. St. John is said to have built a house here for Mary, the Mother of Jesus, & the reconstruction is visited by millions of Christians (& Muslims). In 431, the Council of Christian bishops met in the city declaring her "Mother of God."

Posted by Edmund Mazza on Monday, August 24, 2009


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Happy to report that Mazza history classes will be recorded and available to view outside of actual class time!

If you’d be interested in Live (and recorded) Online Church History & World History courses with Dr. Ed, please enroll by selecting one of the enrollment buttons below. ¬†We will tentatively start Church History 101 on Tues Sept 15th at 6 pm PDT (and finish on Tues Dec 22nd, NO class on Tues Nov 3rd: Election Day). In January 2021 we hope to offer Church History 102 (AD 1213-2013) and World History 102 (AD 1300-2013). Content: Ages 13 and up.

Classes will tentatively run approximately 70-80 minutes. Q&A will follow for 10 minutes or more for those who can stay. We will have quizzes and I will suggest readings. No tests. No pressure. Tentative schedule below:

We will tentatively start World History 101 on Wed Sept 16th at 6pm PDT (and finish on Wed Dec 23rd, NO class on Wed Nov 24th: Thanksgiving Eve). Classes will run approximately 70-80 minutes. Tentative schedule below:

Church History 101: Acts (AD 33) to Albigensians (AD 1233)

  • 9/15 Acts of the Apostles
  • 9/22 Apostolic Fathers & Popes & Gnostic Heresy
  • 9/29 Fathers: Eucharist & Martyrdom
  • 10/6 Constantine & Arian Heresy
  • 10/13 St. Augustine & Manichaean Heresy
  • 10/20 Pope St. Leo & Monophysite Heresy
  • 10/27 St. Anthony & St. Benedict & Monasticism
  • 11/10 Justinian & Theodora & Hagia Sophia
  • 11/17 Islamic Heresy
  • 11/24 Iconoclastic Heresy & Eastern Schism
  • 12/1 Empire & Church
  • 12/8 Crusades
  • 12/15 Cathedrals & Universities
  • 12/22 St. Dominic & The Rosary & The Albigensian Heresy

World History 101: Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica

  • 9/16 Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel
  • 9/23 Greece
  • 9/30 Greece
  • 10/7 Roman Republic
  • 10/14 Roman Empire
  • 10/21 Christians
  • 10/28 Age of Constantine
  • 11/4 Age of St. Augustine
  • 11/11 Barbarians & Benedictines
  • 11/18 Islamic Civilizations
  • 12/2 China
  • 12/9 Mongols
  • 12/16 High Middle Ages
  • 12/23 Mesoamerica

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