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The Centrality of Israel for the Jesus Movements of the First Two Centuries in "After Jesus Before Christianity"
Join Westar scholars Perry Kea and Robert Miller for this lecture based on the book, "After Jesus Before Christianity.

As the words “Christian” and “Christianity” fade in the emerging realities of this book, this lecture claims more meaning for the central role of the people of Israel in the book. It shows how the practice and meaning of the people of Israel is at the heart of what the many different Anointed groups, Wisdom circles, and Jesus movements were.

This lecture then unfolds the breadth of the people of Israel throughout the Mediterranean and the full-blooded way Jesus as an historical person and as a mythical reality for so many Jesus groups embodied the vitality of the people of Israel. In addition, this lecture shows how so many captured nations by Rome made a spiritual pilgrimage with Jesus toward who the people of Israel were.

Chapter Nine guides the lecture into this depth of the meaning of the people of Israel for all these different groups and movements; but there is hardly any chapter that does not show the people of Israel provide the major traditions and creativity for these first two hundred years.

Dec 8, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Perry Kea
Westar Fellow and former Westar Board Chair @Westar Institute
Perry V. Kea is Associate Professor Emeritus of biblical studies at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been a Fellow of the Westar Institute since 1987. He has participated in several seminars, including the Jesus Seminar, the Acts Seminar, and the Christianity Seminar. He also serves as co-chair (with Marti Steussy) of the Mini Seminar on the Bible and Human Sexuality. Perry is a past Chairperson of the Westar Board of Directors and currently serves as a volunteer staff member. Academic Credentials B.A., University of South Carolina M.A. Vanderbilt University Ph.D. University of Virginia Special Study Oxford University, Fall 1989 National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer 1984 Academic Appointments University of Indianapolis, 1983– Selected Scholarly Writings Co-editor (with Andrew K. M. Adam), Perspectives on New Testament Ethics: Essays in Honor of Dan O. Via, 1996. “Paul’s Letter to Philemon: A Short Analysis of its Values” in above.
Robert Miller
Westar Scholar and Editor of the Fourth R Magazine @Westar Institute
Robert J. Miller is the editor of The Fourth R, Westar’s magazine, and of The Complete Gospels (2010), an anthology of twenty-two early gospels presented in Westar’s innovative translation, the Scholars Version. He is the Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies at Juniata College, Pennsylvania He is co-author of The Complete Gospel Parallels (2012), and author of The Jesus Seminar and Its Critics (1999), Born Divine: The Births of Jesus and Other Sons of God (2003), and Helping Jesus Fulfill Prophecy (2016).