In past years the Consultation on James, an interchange between scholars, has been held in Orlando, Boston, and Nashville. This year the Institute will be hosting the Consultation at Bard College. Although the Consultation is open only to participating scholars, we are happy to invite you to a special lecture for members and their guests on Tuesday, November 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 115 of the Olin Language Center .

The program titled "James the Just: Brother of Jesus, Pillar of the Church and Israel," will be given by John Painter, professor of theology at St. Mark's National Theological Center at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, Australia. A reception will both precede and follow the lecture and will provide members the opportunity to meet and to speak with the scholars. If you will be able to attend, please r.s.v.p. to Theresa Desmond at 845-758-7279 (if there is no one available, kindly press 1 to leave a message). You may also respond by e-mail to

The book, The Brother of Jesus: James the Just and His Mission, edited by Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner, is a groundbreaking scholarly examination of Jesus's brother that is scheduled for a November release by Westminster John Knox Press. The essays in the book reflect recent research of the "Consultation on James," a project of the Institute of Advanced Theology (IAT) at Bard.

The 2001 Lecture-Dialogue Series with Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner concludes with a program on Thursday, December 6. Jonathan Brockopp, assistant professor of religion and national cochair of the Section for the Study of Islam, American Academy of Religion, will join Chilton and Neusner for the discussion of "Ethics and Salvation." The program begins at 6:00 p.m. in Room 115 of the Olin Language Center. See the press release.

On Wednesday, November 7, 2001 Jacob Neusner (speaking on the topic of evil) appeared on ABC's 20/20. Other guests included William J. Bennett. For further information go to ABC News 20/20.

We also would like you to know that the Institute has undergone some administrative changes over the last year. We wish to apologize if you have not received information in a timely manner, but assure you that you will in the future. In order to confirm that we have correct information for our records, please reply to this e-mail with your preferred mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Thank you again for your continued interest in the Institute. We hope to see you soon.