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Jesus and the Life of Brian Conference

I have been asked to post the following, and gladly do so! Some of you should try to come!! (What’s a mere plane ride over the pond???)


The Jesus and Brian conference is nigh. There are still tickets available for this unique, bold and ground-breaking conference on the historical Jesus and his times, looked at via Monty Python’s Life of Brian. It will be taking place at King’s College London, on 20-22 June, and catered bookings close June 13th. Student/unwaged day tickets are available for £32.50. Other day tickets £65. Three day tickets are also still to be had. If you will be in London, go to it.

Unbelievably, the director of the film Terry Jones (and other mystery guest) will be there for a talk on the film and its reception on Friday night, 20 June. The remarkable John Cleese will give an after-dinner talk at the conference dinner at great hall of Inner Temple on Saturday 21 June (kosher meals on request). On Sunday 22 June there will also be discussion with the film’s editor Julian Doyle.

Papers will be given by some great scholars in the field(s): Paula Fredriksen, Amy-Jill Levine, Martin Goodman, George Brooke, Steve Mason, Adele Reinhartz, Helen Bond, James Crossley, Philip Davies and many more [including me!].

The conference dinner is open to anyone – and a guest – who buys a conference ticket of any kind, and is £65 per head for what will undoubtedly be a very memorable evening.

For information and bookings go to:


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The Son of Man and Jesus
Larry Hurtado’s Critique of How Jesus Became God



  1. Robertus
    Robertus  June 3, 2014

    Top Ten Apocryphal Scenes:

    10. Are you a virgin?
    9. Crucifixion?
    8. What have the Romans ever done for us? (Pax Romana)
    7. Romans, go home! (this is really #1)
    6. The Haggle
    5. Welease Woger (not historically plausible)
    4. The People’s Front of Judea
    3. The Stoning of the Blasphemer
    2. Biggus Dickus
    1. I’m not the Messiah (Banas and the Messianic Secret)

    Bonus Clip: Blessed are the Cheese Makers

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    mjardeen  June 3, 2014

    If only I were in England — this would be amazing!

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    James Chalmers  June 3, 2014

    Am I the only one getting a “page not found” instead of the rebuttal of Hurtado?

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    RonaldTaska  June 4, 2014

    You continue to have a very busy, very productive, and varied life. Have a great trip.

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    mary  June 5, 2014

    I had never heard of or seen “The Life of Brian”. After watching it, what would the subject of the conference papers be concerning the film?

    • Bart Ehrman
      Bart Ehrman  June 5, 2014

      All sorts of things! See the program. My paper has evolved into a discussion of how parody can be used to highlight certain historical truths.

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    SidneyFinehirsh  June 18, 2014

    It would be a shame not to meet other Ehrman blog members attending the conference. Is there a way we could arrange a meet-up? Lift a pint in your honor?

    I am willing to serve as a contact point for blog members at the conference — I am checking in tomorrow at the Strand Palace. (372 Strand. +44 20 7379 4737). Call and leave a message with your London contact information.

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