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Emily M. Darrow
Weekly Series with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton runs February 16 through March 16 ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The 2005 Lenten Lecture Series, “Sacred Time: The Festivals of Christianity,” presented by the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, will begin on Wednesday, February 16, and continue through Wednesday, March 16. Offered by the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton, the weekly luncheon/lectures meet in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at 12:00 noon. The cost for each lecture (including lunch) is $12 or $10 for members of the Institute of Advanced Theology. As space is limited, preregistration is requested. “The sacrificial practice of the ancient Near East resulted in a calendar of sacred time that has influenced both Judaism and Christianity,” says Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard. “Some of the questions I will address in the series are: How does time become sacred? Where have the calendars of the past intersected to shape the experience of time today?” A discussion led by members of the Red Hook Ministerium will follow each lecture. Bruce Chilton—who is also executive director of the Institute of Advanced Theology and chaplain of the College—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). He 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). Doubleday recently released his book Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography, which is a selection of the Book of the Month Club, History Book Club, American Compass, and Reader’s Subscription. Chilton 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 of 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 was established to foster critical understanding based on scholarship, which aims to 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 from members of the Institute, the Crohn Family Trust, and Tisch Family Foundation, as well as grants from The Levy Economics Institute and Bard College. For further information or to register for the series, call the Institute office at 845-758-7279, e-mail, or visit the website # # # (1/28/05)

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This event was last updated on 02-25-2005