Episode 9 The Book and The One: Part I Biblical Accounts of Jesus

The Global Novel: a literature podcast

Oct 20 2021 • 1 hr 48 mins


In this episode, we will discuss the story of Jesus narrated in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. We will  focus on the nature of the narrative, and especially, how the story is told, and what its narratological premise is based upon, one that intriguingly retells one of the most significant historical moments in our civilization. This episode is guest-lectured by FRONTLINE PBS: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (free link). Our research approach and discussion perspectives coincide with those of the documentary,  which are largely historical and archeological. The purpose and significance of adopting such approaches are, to quote Bart D. Ehrman, author of the book Jesus, Interrupted (paid link), that “whether you are a believer, fundamentalist, evengelical, moderate, liberal or a nonbeliever,  coming to understand what the biblical narative actually is and is not, is one of the most important intellectual endeavors that anyone in our society can embark upon.”

Recommended Readings:
The Gospel of Mathew, The New Testament (free link)

Commentators in the PBS documentary are :
Michael White, Professor at University of Texas, Austin
Holland L Hendrix, President., Inion Theological Seminary
Eric  M. Meyers, Professor at Duke University
Allan Callaham, Associate Professor at Harvard Divinity School,
John Dominic Crossan, Professor at Depaul University
Paula Fredriksen, Professor at Boston University
Wayne A Meeks, Professor at Yale University
Harold D. Attridge, Professor at Yale Divinity School
Elaine Pagels, Professor at Princeton University






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