John Dominic Crossan, Bible scholar and author
Contemporary Worship Center, 2nd Floor
Sep 11, 2021
How Can We Christians Choose to Follow Jesus, The Prince of Peace, in a Chaotic World?
The theme for Crossan’s remarks is Divine Violence in the Christian Bible. The morning lecture, from the Old Testament, is on Sanction Theology or Sabbath Theology. The afternoon lecture, from the New Testament, is on Peace through Victory or Peace through Justice.
There are two competing visions within the Christian Bible of the Jewish God of Creation, developed side by side from Genesis to Revelation: violent or nonviolent. Jesus chose one model to follow. The basis for the theme and lectures is Crossan’s book, How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian. It is readily available from numerous sources and in new and used versions.
John Dominic Crossan, an Irish-American former Catholic priest and retired university professor, is an acclaimed Bible scholar and author. He is a major New Testament researcher, and historian of early Christianity and of culture of the Ancient Mediterranean and New Testament worlds. He is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature.