In Remembrance of Me: Jesus Before Christianity

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17, 2020, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2020. To get started, choose your discount from the drop-down menu.

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LEADER

Emanuelle Burton holds a Ph.D. in religion and literature from the University of Chicago. She currently teaches ethics to computer science students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is completing a (co-authored) textbook for a science fiction–based computer science ethics course for MIT Press.

 

BOOKS

The HarperCollins Study Bible: Fully Revised & Updated, edited by Harold W. Attridge
(HarperOne, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0060786854,
or
any other edition of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible

Mandy will also provide electronically a compendium of early Christian writings.

Participants are required to obtain the specified edition to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. Details will be provided at registration.

What Is Truth? Christ and Pilate

Before Christianity was a global religion, it was a late antique messianic movement in a politically contested region of the Mediterranean known as Judea. And before the life and death of Jesus became known as a potent narrative of salvation and renewal, it was a story of failure and disappointment: the story of a leader of a blossoming spiritual and political movement who was executed by the state before that movement could reach fruition. How did Jesus’s followers transform this abject failure into the cornerstone of their salvific spiritual vision? How did the stories of Jesus’ words, actions and experiences lead his Jewish followers to understand their beliefs as fundamentally different from those of their fellow religionists? And how did Jesus’ campaign to reform and renew Judaism produce an offshoot tradition that would become so fiercely hostile to Judaism itself?

This seminar will pursue these questions through a close examination of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the four gospels canonized in the New Testament: the deceptively simple stories which propelled Christianity’s transformation from a minority movement to a global force, and which have remained for over 2,000 years a touchstone for art, for faith, for self-discovery and for political transformation. We will focus primarily on Mark, the earliest gospel, and John, the most stylistically and substantively distinct of the four. We’ll also consider a handful of early Christian texts that are not part of the Bible (though some nearly made the cut) to enrich our understanding of the political, social and spiritual environment in the century after Jesus’ death. Whether you know the gospels well, have distant childhood memories of them, or have never read them at all, take this unique opportunity to (re)discover these four world-changing stories.

 

Cost

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

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Discounts

ONE per registrant

  • Register before January 1, 2020 and get a free concert ticket.
  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

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