Dominic Crossan on what the Gospels really teach about the birth and death of Jesus

A weekend conference in Leeds.
Reflecting the fact that 2011 is the four hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible, PCN Britain has invited one of the world’s foremost biblical scholars to delve into the biblical texts concerning Jesus’ birth and death.

Start Date:
Friday 16th September 2011
Start Time:
St Andrew’s URC, Roundhay, Leeds
Sandra Griffiths
0113 2582652
John Dominic Crossan, author and Professor Emeritus, DePaul University, Chicago
Friday £8 (£7 for members), Saturday £22 (£18 for members), Students £20, Sunday no charge.

Programme: Friday 16 September

7.30 pm. Lecture given by Dominic Crossan who will introduce his audience to the ways in which he approaches Biblical texts, looking in particular at the birth narratives. Refreshments will be served after the talk so that informal discussion can continue over tea and coffee.

Saturday 17 September

10.00 am – 4.00 pm. In his first lecture, Dominic Crossan will explore the Christmas stories of Matthew and Luke. In the second lecture he examines the execution of Jesus as recorded by Mark and in the third lecture the resurrection of Jesus in Mark’s gospel will be explored. There will be opportunities to discuss questions raised by Dominic Crossan and he will answer questions put to him by the audience.

Sunday 18 September

10.30am. Dominic Crossan will preach on the Lord’s Prayer, (his latest book is on the same subject), at the St Andrew’s morning service, followed by an opportunity to talk informally with him.

You are encouraged to be present for the whole weekend but if you can only come on the Saturday, the content of Saturday’s lectures is not dependent on the Friday night lecture and notes will be available. Preparatory reading of The First Christmas and The Last Week, both written jointly by Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg is recommended but not essential.

John Dominic Crossan was Co-chair of the Jesus Seminar from 1985 to 1996. In the last forty years he has written 25 books on the historical Jesus, earliest Christianity and the historical Paul. He has lectured to lay and scholarly audiences world-wide. He is one of the foremost biblical scholars in the world today and has been elected President of the Society of Biblical Literature for 2011-2012.

The fees include all drinks and biscuits; please bring your own packed lunch on Saturday (there are sandwich shops within 10 minutes walk of the church). Leeds can offer a range of hotel/B & B accommodation.

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