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An affiliated institution of the IAT, The Center for the Study of James the Brother was founded at Bard College in 2004 by Frank T. Crohn and the Crohn Family foundation. Addressing a critical period in the study of both Judaism and Christianity: the thirty years between 32 C.E. and 62 C.E. when Jesus’ movement was guided from the Temple in Jerusalem by James, the Center's goal is to make the hard data and critical interpretation of research of this period better known, and to explore the significance of James for Jewish-Christian relations in the 21st century.

The inaugural event of the Center's activities was a lecture by noted biblical scholar Sean Freyne on November 8. The standing-room-only crowd were delighted to hear Freyne recount his research on James. If you missed the lecture, a detailed publication by Freyne will published by the Center.

And as the Center continues to evolve, volunteers are needed to help with various duties, including cataloguing the research materials. If you are interested in joining this effort, e-mail centerforjames@bard.edu.

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