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Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins

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  • Gordon Raynal
    To all, The inaugural meeting of the newest Jesus Seminar met this last week in Miami. There were both general and issue specific issue papers presented.
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 6, 2006
      To all,

      The inaugural meeting of the newest Jesus Seminar met this last week in
      Miami. There were both general and issue specific issue papers
      presented. Joanna Dewey presented 2 papers on orality and oral
      performance in John and Mark. Aaron Milavec presented his work on the
      Didache arguing for a date in the 50's for the whole document. Arthur
      Dewey and Stephen Patterson presented general papers raising the host
      of issues and questions surrounding thinking about Christian origins.
      John Kloppenborg was there to present a speech about pre-70 traditions
      where he focused on the parable of the tenants as a particular example.
      Among the scholars there are those who consider the earliest movement
      "apocalyptic" in orientation and "wisdom" in orientation. Two
      particular foci were developed to move forward with this work. First,
      in the next year the group wants to assess the arguments for and
      against the following statements:
      1. Christianity began with Pentecost.
      2. Christianity began with the Resurrection.
      3. Christianity began with Jesus.
      4. Christianity began with Paul.
      A second consensus decision was to also focus study on a particular
      site. Thessalonica was presented as a place to think about the
      beginnings of a particular Christian community.

      This group has begun meeting as the Jesus Seminar on Acts is continuing
      its work. There are, of course, plans to have dialogue between the
      groups. Joseph Tyson and Richard Pervo are due to have new books out
      this year. Both individual scholars argue for a second century date
      for Acts. At this meeting of the Acts Seminar the issue of dating was
      voted upon, but I did not hear the final results. Ted Weeden, from
      Crosstalk, was there and may have those results and may wish to comment
      further.

      The Seminar members are hoping to recruit many new members who have
      expertise and are interested in the question and questions of Christian
      origins. As the Jesus Seminar work proper took a decade and a half
      this task is envisioned to take a long time. The Fall meeting will be
      in Santa Rosa in October and the plans are again to meet next Spring in
      Miami. Interested persons should contact Westar Institute.

      Gordon Raynal
      Inman, SC
    • Zeba Crook
      Ken Olson, paging Ken Olson. Can Ken get in touch with me? Zeb -- Zeba A. Crook Assistant Professor, Classics and Religion Carleton University 2a54 Paterson
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 6, 2006
        Ken Olson, paging Ken Olson. Can Ken get in touch with me?

        Zeb
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        Zeba A. Crook

        Assistant Professor, Classics and Religion

        Carleton University

        2a54 Paterson Hall

        1125 Colonel By Drive

        Ottawa, Ontario

        K1S 5B6

        http://www.carleton.ca/~zcrook/ <http://www.carleton.ca/%7Ezcrook/>







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      • Jim West
        Ken s not here right now but if you would like to leave him a message, please press *93245234 on your dial and you will be connected to his voice mailbox.
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 6, 2006
          Ken's not here right now but if you would like to leave him a message,
          please press *93245234 on your dial and you will be connected to his
          voice mailbox. Thank you for contacting us and have a pleasant day.


          Zeba Crook wrote:
          > Ken Olson, paging Ken Olson. Can Ken get in touch with me?
          >
          > Zeb

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          Jim West

          http://web.infoave.net/~jwest -- Biblical Studies Resources
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