MacDonald | Rose
Fall Public Lecture Series
20 September, 7:30 p.m.: Professor Dennis R. MacDonald
Papias and Luke: Evidence That
Both Knew Q, Mark, and Matthew
MACDONALD received his undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University, his
Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from
Harvard University (1978). From 1980-1998 he taught at the Iliff School of
Theology in Denver, with stints as a visiting professor at the Harvard Divinity
School (1985-1986) and the Union Theological Seminary of New York (spring 1991).
Since 1998 he has been the John Wesley Professor of New Testament at the
Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Religion at the Claremont Gradate
University. In 2000 MacDonald became Director of
the IAC at CGU where he also directs the
Mimesis in Ancient Christian and Jewish Literature
published nine books and scores of articles, especially on topics related to
Christian apocryphal writings and imitations of Homer in ancient Jewish and
Christian writings, including the gospels of Mark and Luke and the Acts of the
Apostles. His books include The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark
(Yale University Press, 2000) and Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?
(Yale Press, 2004). His lecture in September will address five theses for
reconsidering the intertextuality of the gospels: (1) Like the authors of the
gospels of Matthew and Luke, the author of Mark knew Q; (2) Luke’s sources
included Q, Mark and Matthew; (3) Papias likewise knew Q, Mark and Matthew; (4)
Q and the writings of Papias vanished because of false prophecies; and (5)
Ancient rhetorical imitation is the key to solving the Synoptic problem.
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Thursday, 4 October, 7:30 p.m.:
Professor Lynn Rose
Discarding the Disabled: Infanticide in Ancient Greece
A history professor at Truman State University since 1995, M. LYNN ROSE
is the author of The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient
Greece (U of Michigan Press, 2003) and a contributing author for the
Encyclopedia of Disability, ed. Gary L. Albrecht (Sage Press, 2006). She was the
2003-4 Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellow and guest lecturer that year at the
Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, and Truman State Educator of the
Year in 2005. In 2006, she received the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence
in Teaching, as well as the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Award for
Missouri. Her paper, “Teaching Gilgamesh: The Historical Context of
Obliteration,” co-authored with 3 undergraduate students,
received one of ten International Awards for Excellence from the International
Journal of Humanities. Rose credits her interest in the ancient world to her
childhood move with her parents from Indiana to Egypt and their summer vacations
Rose's interest in disability issues and rights came while completing her
undergraduate work in history at the University of Minnesota where she also
earned her PhD. Her October lecture for the Institute explores the assumption
that discarded children in the ancient world were unwanted children and insists
that modern assumptions about the economic worth and aesthetic appeal of
deformed people, cloaked in the standards of medical health, do not provide an
appropriate framework of interpretation for the evidence about the lot of
anomalous infants in the ancient Greek world.
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Thursday, 1 November, 7:30 p.m.:
Professor Jonathan L. Reed
What Archaeology Reveals about the
The Case of Jesus and Marble
A Professor of New Testament and
Christian Origins at the University of La Verne, CGU alum JONATHAN L. REED
earned his PhD in New Testament under Burton Mack and was Associate Director of
the IAC while a student. Currently, he directs the IAC project,
Galilean Archaeology and the Historical Jesus.
He is a leading authority on 1st-century Palestine archaeology, has been
involved in several major digs, and is now the lead archaeologist at Sepphoris.
His publications include Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus (2000) and
two books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan — Excavating Jesus: Beneath
the Stones, Behind the Texts (2001) and In Search of Paul: How Jesus’
Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom (2004).
Reed’s November lecture
coincides with the release of his fourth book, The HarperCollins Visual
Guide to the New Testament (HarperOne: 2007). His slide-illustrated
lecture will show how the lack of marble in Galilee helps assess the
extent of its Romanization in the first century. Too often in the past,
biblical archaeologists focused only on places mentioned in the gospels or
looked for artifacts associated with Jesus. This outdated approach
neglects much of what archaeology has to offer, since sometimes what is
not found in Galilee is just as important for understanding Jesus’ first
followers as what is found.
Copies of Reed’s books will
be available for purchase at the lecture.
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Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
in the Library of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity
Lectures are free and open to the public.