As announced by JohnDave Medina at Near Emmaus, Dr. Paul N. Anderson’s lecture series on John, Jesus, and History should begin today at Reedwood Friends Church, Portland, Oregon. JohnDave indicated to me that Dr. Anderson was agreeable to the idea of uploading audio and/or video of one or more key sessions in the program. I’m eager to see that happen.
It’s a Sunday-Wednesday split venue. The Sunday series, Reading John again … for the First Time, is scheduled to begin today and finish next Sunday. The Wednesday series, Jesus, Christ, and John, begins this Wednesday, April 21, and concludes April 28.
Paul N. Anderson is founding co-chair of the John, Jesus, and History Group at the national Society of Biblical Literature. I am currently reading Volume 1 of this group’s work (ed. Anderson et al, 2007 by SBL).
Capping off the series, Anderson promises a joint session with Marcus Borg entitled, The Origin of the Gospels – The Synoptics and John, scheduled for Wednesday, May 19. There will also be a public symposium tabled by Anderson and Borg at Reedwood the following Saturday, May 22, Jesus in Bi-Optic Perspective: Latest Scholarship on the Synoptics and John.
Has the Fourth Quest for the historical Jesus already begun? How fitting if it is to be characterized by a just resort to the Fourth Gospel – a supplementation of the synoptic approach with this very promising ‘Bi-Optic’ approach which Anderson is talking about!