The Historical Jesus and Divine Violence: How to Read the New Testament and Still Be a Christian
About Dr. John Dominic Crossan:
Dr. Crossan is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University, a past President of the Society of Biblical Literature, and a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar. He is one of the best-known New Testament scholars in the world. His is the principal name associated with the contemporary quest for the historical Jesus—that is, the attempt to reconstruct in historically credible terms the teaching, mission, and self-understanding of Jesus of Nazareth from the four New Testament gospels with their thoroughly theologized and frequently contradictory portraits of him. Crossan’s The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant (1991) and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994) were the religious bestsellers that carried the quest for the historical Jesus out of the realm of rarified academic debate and into the consciousness of Christians in the pew.
Crossan has written around thirty books on the historical Jesus, the mission and message of the apostle Paul, and the history of earliest Christianity. His books that have been translated into thirteen languages. In addition to the two listed above, prominent titles include The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus (1998); In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom (with Jonathan Reed; 2004); God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now (2007); and The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of The Lord’s Prayer (2010).
Crossan’s How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation has been released this year, and his Halstead lecture will be adapted from it.
The Halstead Lecture, established in 1991, is named for Dr. Frank Halstead and Florence Halstead who endowed it.
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