APOLOGIES for the earlier post.  It was mistaken.  Can you imagine?  Here is the true, infallible, inerrant information!  At last, you may say….

This Sunday, March 7,  I will be giving  TWO live Zoom lectures (not one) for anyone who wants to come.  They will be recorded for my undergraduate course on the New Testament and there will be a 30-minute Q & A to follow the second one.  Please NOTE the time; the first is at 2:00 p.m., second at 3:15 p.m. EST

There is no charge per se, but I would like to ask for a donation to the blog in exchange, if you can see your way clear to do it.  If not, that’s fine – we all have our circumstances!  But one of the main reasons I’m doing these lectures is to raise money for the Food Bank of North Carolina; as with all food banks right now, it is in desperate need.  Your donation is completely tax deductible.

Here is the info you need:

  • Time: Sunday, March 7, 2:00 pm  and 3:15 (EST)
  • The Lectures will last about 50 minutes, with Q&A to follow the second.
    • First Lecture:  How Do We Know about the Historical Jesus: Sources and Methods.
      • In this lecture I will not be talking about what we know about Jesus (except when I give some examples) but how we can know what we think we know.  What are our sources of information?  Are they reliable?  100% reliable?  Mostly reliable?  Kinda reliable?  Not at all reliable?  If they are somewhere between 100% and 0% reliable, as virtually every biblical scholar agrees: how do we separate fact from fiction, historically accurate materials from later legendary materials?
    • Second Lecture:  Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet
      • Scholars since Albert Schweitzer (a name my students have never heard) in 1906 have largely been convinced that whatever else you say about Jesus, he was an apocalyptic preacher of the coming destruction and salvation, as God was soon to intervene in history, destroy all the forces of evil opposed to him, and set up a utopian kingdom here on earth for his followers to inhabit for all time.  This ain’t what I heard in Sunday School!  Why do scholars think this?  And what, then, exactly, did Jesus teach?
  •  Come and find out!  As you know, these lectures are meant to raise money for those in need (see below).  Can you donate a bit?  My suggested minimum donation is $10 for one of the lectures and $15 for both together (there is no maximum donation!).
  • Three participants will be allowed to ask the questions at the end.  These will be the three highest donors.
  • In weeks past we have had a number of people donate $50; to be among the top three, you’ll probably need to go a bit higher.  Say, somewhere between $51 and $501, to pick two random numbers.  And hey, a zero is nothing.   Whatever you donate, if anything, is completely up to you.    And everyone, donor or not, is absolutely welcome to hear the Q&A.  The last few weeks we have heard some terrific questions.  On these two I expect some toughees.  Bring ’em on!

In case you wondered, I have no plans to make these lectures generally available.  The recordings will be for my class only.

If you want to attend, all you need do is respond by letting us know, here: Register for my Sunday Lectures

Everyone who responds by 11:00 am on Sunday morning will receive a Zoom link by noon, via email from [email protected].

If you have any questions about how it will work, let me know.