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Headline: Harvard Bible edX Course ‘Early Christianity: The Letters Of Paul’ Draws 22,000 Students From 180 Countries– And Counting
Harvard professor Laura Nasrallah’s edX online course "Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul," has been called the largest and most concentrated scholarly discussion of Biblical studies in history, according to edX.
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"Early Christianity" began just last week, and currently boasts a registration statistic of 22,000 students from 180 countries, according to information from edX. So far, 14,343 students have accessed the course software, spending a cumulative total of 2,822 hours in the course (approximately 201 days) where it’s possible to annotate text using the Poetry Genius website, view video lectures, and complete exercises. Forum activity has reached over 22,000 posts, and is increasing every day, while scores of students have recorded video introductions to get to know their far-flung classmates.
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Nasrallah told The Huffington Post that she’s been impressed with the respectful and intelligent academic interaction going on in the discussion boards. "Religion in general and biblical studies in particular can lead to people feeling uncomfortable or upset at others’ opinions," she said. "But I haven’t found this in the Early Christianity: Letters of Paul course module. For example, one ‘conversation’ I read was between a self-proclaimed atheist and someone who self-identified as a born-again Christian. . . and the discussion was thoughtful and respectful although they differed in interpretation!"