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Biblical Scholar to Discuss the State of New Testament Studies Nov. 20

Story posted November 11, 2008

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James Crossley.

Biblical scholar James Crossley will give a talk titled "What New Testament Studies Could Be Doing but Isn't" at 4 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2008, in Searles Science Building, Room 315. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

James Crossley is a lecturer in New Testament studies in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield in England.

Crossley's recent research concerns the ideological location of New Testament scholarship. He examines how political situations, including the "war on terror," impact New Testament scholarship, a topic he explored in his most recent work, Jesus in the Age of Terror.

His other research interests include early Jewish law and Christian origins, and how secular approaches and perspectives from outside biblical studies and theology explain the origins of earliest Christianity. His future research projects include the role of the Bible in contemporary popular culture.

He is the author of The Date of Mark's Gospel and Why Christianity Happened.

Crossley's Bowdoin talk is co-sponsored by the departments of Religion, History, and Classics. For more information call 725-3465.

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