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5/7/16 – Lecture by Simon Gathercole
May 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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“The Journeys of Jesus and Jewish Geography”
The Gospels in the New Testament contain a remarkable amount of geographical information, especially in the quantity of references to areas, towns and villages that Jesus (and John the Baptist) visited. Are these genuine or fictitious? Some Jesus skeptics have doubted the existence of places like Nazareth and Capernaum. Even many New Testament scholars are unaware of the evidence for Gospel sites. Strikingly, however, a huge proportion of the place-names in the Gospels are paralleled in Jewish literature outside the New Testament, even down to some of the small villages. This illustrated lecture will examine the historical evidence, some already known, some presented for the first time, for the places in the Gospel. It will show how this evidence has clear implications for the reliability of the Gospel narratives.
Simon Gathercole is a prominent British New Testament scholar. He is Reader in New Testament at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology at Fitzwilliam College. This will be his second lecture at the Lanier Theological Library.
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