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Genesis of the Cinematic Jesus

“Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in western culture for most of the two thousand years since he lived and died in first-century Roman Palestine. Over the centuries, Jesus has also become a central figure in an emerging global culture. Those were the underlying assumptions and the demonstrated conclusions of Jaroslav Pelikan’s masterful […]

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Seeking a Historically Sensitive Story of Christianity

How do we tell a historically sensitive story of Christian origins? Is it possible to capture the story in a way that honors the many directions Christianity might have taken, and not just the dominant story we see today?And how will you share it with others? Perhaps you tell it like a book, necessarily linear, traveling through […]

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Rethinking Judaism in the Ancient World

Judaism was both more diverse and more deeply connected with surrounding cultures than we might think. Jodi Magness, the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, challenged attendees of Westar’s Spring 2014 national meeting to make some common-sense connections between […]

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The Stratigraphy of Christian Origins

Stratigraphy is a geological term for the study of “strata,” that is, layers of rock—but it’s also a useful metaphor for thinking about early Christian history. To look at Christian origins in this way, we’ve got to step outside the traditional box. For example, which book of the New Testament was written first? Which one […]

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Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries Related to Jesus

What are the top 10 archaeological discoveries related to Jesus? Westar Fellow Milton Moreland, who has served as a Senior Field Supervisor at the archaeological excavation in Sepphoris, Israel, since 1993, set out to debunk some common myths about archaeology and Jesus at the Spring 2014 national meeting. Moreland, author of Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology […]

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