John Dominic Crossan
|SPOKANE: Thursday, October 3, 2013|
|Location:||Gonzaga's Campus, Globe room, Cataldo Hall|
7:30 pm --
|"Paul--An Appealing or Appalling Apostle"|
|COEUR D'ALENE: Friday, October 4, 2013|
|Location:||St. Pius X Church, Faith Formation Building|
|Time:||10:00 am --||"Jewish/Covenant Roots of Christianity"|
|1:30 pm --||"Presentation on the Parables"|
|7:00 pm --||"Influence of Paul on the Early Church and Today"|
John Dominic Crossan is a well-known scholarly lector and author. He was born in Nenagh County, Tipperary, Ireland, in 1934 and educated in Ireland and the United States. From 1951-1957, he did his undergraduate studies in philosophy and theology at Stonebridge Priory in Bluff, Illinois. He was ordained as a Servite priest in 1957. He returned to Ireland and earned a Doctorate of Divinity from St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Ireland, in 1959. He did post-doctoral research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1959-1961 and at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem from 1965-1967.
In 1969 Crossan chose to resign from the priesthood and joined the faculty of DePaul University, where he taught undergraduates Comparative Religion for twenty-five years. He retired in 1995 and is now Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies.
From 1985-1996, Crossan was the Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar. He was Chair of the Parables Seminar from 1972-1976, and editor of “Semeia: An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism” from 1980-1986. He also was Chair of the Historical Jesus Section from 1993-1998, within the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States.
Crossan has lectured to lay and scholarly audiences across the United States as well as Ireland and many other countries. He has been interviewed on 200 radio stations and has been on many television networks such as NBC’s Dateline, A&E, History, Discovery, the National Geographic Channel, and many more in the United States as well as Weekend TV, Channel 4 and the BBC in England.
Crossan is the author of twenty-seven books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity. The scholarly core of his work is the trilogy from “The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant” (1991) through “The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus” (1998), to “In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom” co-authored with the archaeologist, Jonathan L. Reed (2004). His latest book is “The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus became Fiction about Jesus.” He was elected Vice President of the Society of Biblical Literature for years 2010-2011 and President for 2011-2012.
Crossan has also received many awards including the American Academy of Religion in 1989, Depaul University in 1991 and 1995, and an honorary doctorate from Stetson University, DeLand, Florida in 2003.
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