The Center for the Study of Religion presents:
Religions of the World: Past and Present Community Lecture Series 2021-2022
"The Gnostic Jesus: The Divine Savior in the Gospel of Judas and Other Early Christian Writings"
with Dr. David Brakke
Abstract: Who sent Jesus? Was Jesus divine, human, or somehow both? What did he do to bring salvation to people? Christians of the second and third centuries debated these questions intently, and recently discovered lost writings like the Gospel of Judas enable us to see how “heretical” Christians like the Gnostics participated in these discussions. This lecture will explore the Gnostic versions of Jesus and discuss how the Gnostic Jesus differed from and resembled the Jesus proclaimed by more orthodox Christians.
“My Lecture on the 4th will be on the Gospel of Judas, which is an early Christian gnostic text that first appeared in 2006, so it’s still relatively new. I’m going to focus narrowly on the question of how Jesus appears in this work. That is, what we traditionally call Christology, the study of who Christ is and what he does. So, we’ll be looking at the divine and human natures of Christ. Is he a divine being? What god sent him? And what does Jesus do to save people according to the Gospel of Judas? So, that will be our topic!”
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