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"Jesus Seminar" founder to discuss the historical Jesus

March 31, 2008

John Dominick Crossan, former priest and co-founder of the Jesus Seminar, will present two lectures on the historical Jesus April 26 at Wake Forest University.  Crossan will also lecture at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem. 

The first lecture, titled “The Life of Jesus,” will be at 7 p.m. April 25 at Centenary United Methodist Church.  Crossan will deliver the second lecture, “The Death of Jesus,” at 10 a.m. April 26 immediately followed by the final lecture, “The Resurrection of Jesus,” at 11:15 a.m. in the lower auditorium in Wingate Hall on the campus of Wake Forest.

Crossan is an influential and controversial expert in historical Jesus studies.  In 1985 he co-founded the Jesus Seminar, a group of some 200 biblical and religious scholars, to determine what Jesus, as a historical figure, may or may not have said or done.  Crossan was a member of the Servites, a Roman Catholic religious order, from 1950 until the late 1960s, when he resigned the order in search of more academic freedom as well as the freedom to marry.  He is professor emeritus of religion at DePaul University, and author of 20 books on the historical Jesus, including “The Historical Jesus,” “Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography,” “Who Killed Jesus,” and “The Birth of Christianity,” which were national religious bestsellers in the 1990s.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
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