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Luke Timothy Johnson to Discuss Historical Jesus at Moravian Theological Seminary

Couillard Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—The quest for the historical Jesus has been one of Christianity’s longest controversies. For some, it is the only alternative to fundamentalism; for others, it is the ultimate corruption of faith.

On Friday, November 7th, New Testament scholar, Luke Timothy Johnson will suggest another way of thinking about the issue in his presentation of the Couillard Memorial Lectures at Moravian Theological Seminary, 60 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The event will include 2 lectures in the morning from 9:30 am-noon. After a lunch break, the audience will reconvene from 1:00–2:30 p.m. for an extended period of question and answer with the speaker.

Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A former Benedictine monk and priest, he remains a lay person in the Roman Catholic community. He is the author of numerous books, including: The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, Scripture and Discernment: Decision-Making in the Church, and most recently, The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels, and Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospels.

The Couillard Memorial Lectures are free and open to the public, registration is requested by contacting the Office of Continuing Education at Moravian Seminary at 610-861-1519, or by email: seminaryOCE@moravian.edu.

The Couillard Memorial Lectures in Christian Doctrine and Theology were established at Moravian Theological Seminary in 1962 by Dean and Mrs. Vernon Couillard in memory of their son, Justin. At a later date, the lectureship was expanded to memorialize Dean Couillard.

Moravian Theological Seminary is the seminary of the Moravian Church in the United States. The seminary awards three degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, and Master of Arts in Theological Studies. The institution also awards certificates in theological studies.