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Jesus historian John Dominic Crossan will present lecture series on God and Empire

Nov 03, 2008
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is one of several sponsors of an ecumenical lecture series which is bringing Jesus historian John Dominic Crossan to Louisville, Ky., this weekend.

Hosted by the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery at Bellarmine University’s Frazier Hall, Crossan will present four lectures Nov. 7 and 8 on “God and Empire: The Normalcy of Violence and the Ambiguity of the Bible.”

The event is open to the public. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch on Saturday (reservations for lunch must be made by Wed., Nov. 5). Call the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery Office, 502.561.8300, to register.

Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He has written 20 books on the historical Jesus over the past 30 years. Four of his publications have become national religious bestsellers: The Historical Jesus (1991), Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), Who Killed Jesus (1995), and The Birth of Christianity (1998), which was a Publishers Weekly 1998 "best book of the year." In his recent book, Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts, Crossan joins archaeologist Jonathan L Reedto in illuminating the life and teaching of Jesus against the background of Jesus’ world.

Born in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, Crossan was educated in Ireland at Maynooth College, in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and in Jerusalem at the Ecole Biblique. Crossan was a member of the 13th-century Roman Catholic religious order, the Servites, from 1950 to 1969 and an ordained priest from 1957 to 1969. He taught at DePaul University for 25 years and held a visiting professorship at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. He has been a guest lecturer at many distinguished universities and was co-director of the Jesus Seminar from 1985-1996 and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature from 1992-1998. He has received numerous academic awards over the years including the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in Religious Studies and the Via Sapientiae Award, DePaul University's highest honor.

Crossan has participated in nationally broadcast interviews, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio's "Fresh Air", Larry King Live and the ABC special "The Search for Jesus" with Peter Jennings, which aired in 2000. In addition to his books and articles, some of Crossan's other writing can be found at Beliefnet.

Sponsors for this ecumenical lecture series include St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, New Albany; Archdioceses of Louisville; Bellarmine University; Episcopal Dioceses of Kentucky; Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and Mid-Kentucky Presbytery

Event Schedule

Friday, Nov. 7

    7:30—9:00 PM Civilization & Empire

Saturday, Nov. 8

    9:00—10:30 AM Bible & Power
    11:00—12:30 PM Jesus & God
    12:30—1:15 PM Lunch provided by Bellarmine (with reservations by Nov. 5)
    1:30—3:00 PM Apocalypse & Violence
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