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INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED THEOLOGY AT BARD COLLEGE WILL HOLD WEEKLY LENTEN LECTURES ON WEDNESDAYS FROM FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20 The Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton will lead discussions titled "St. Paul in Tarsus and Jerusalem"
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.?The Institute for Advanced Theology at Bard College will hold a weekly Lenten lecture series, titled "St. Paul in Tarsus and Jerusalem," on Wednesdays from February 20 to March 20 in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center. Each week a lecture and discussion will follow a lunch, which begins at noon. Advance registration is required, and a $7 donation ($5 from Institute members) for lunch is requested.
In the series of five lectures the Reverend Dr. Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion and director of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, will focus on Paul's native Tarsus (part of present-day Turkey) as a formative influence on his life and teaching. Chilton will analyze Paul's earliest experiences in Jerusalem as a Pharisee. Both aspects of Paul's background will be featured to understand his conviction that he personally accounted Jesus of Nazareth risen from the dead. A discussion led by members of the Red Hook Ministerium will follow each lecture.
Professor Bruce Chilton is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism and the author of the first critical translation of the Aramaic version of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum, 1987). Chilton has written academic studies that put Jesus in his Jewish context (Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography, 2000; Pure Kingdom, 1996; The Temple of Jesus, 1992; and The Galilean Rabbi and His Bible, 1984). He has taught in Europe at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor for New Testament) and Bard College. Throughout his career he has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church; he is currently rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York.
The Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College was established to foster critical understanding, based on scholarship that will make true religious pluralism possible. Since its inception in 1996, the Institute?s work has focused on how religions influence history, society, and other religions, and are in turn influenced by them. The Institute gratefully acknowledges support provided by the Crohn Family Trust and the Tisch Family Foundation and grants from The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the American Council of Learned Societies, and Bard College.
For further information about the lecture series or the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, call 845-758-7279, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.bard.edu/iat.
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