Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins
- 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
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.
- Ken Olson, paging Ken Olson. Can Ken get in touch with me?
Zeba A. Crook
Assistant Professor, Classics and Religion
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