Mark Your Calendars!
On January 23 and 24, 2014, the Robert C. Cooley Center will hold its annual lecture series. The scheduled speaker is Dr. Nicholas Perrin. Dr. Perrin's topic will be The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of Gnosticism
It is sometimes said that the Christian church’s greatest on-going battle is the fight against Gnosticism, a belief system that radically divides the spiritual from the material and devalues the physical world. Gnostic tendencies have plagued Christianity throughout its history and have resurfaced in noteworthy and dangerous ways in the last century.
Furthermore, ancient Gnostic sects have received a great deal of favorable academic attention in recent years, with scholars such as Elaine Pagels and Bart Ehrman arguing that Gnosticism was just as legitimate a form of early Christianity as the version that later came to be called “orthodoxy.” These scholars argue further that the “Gnostic Gospels” may actually be closer to the “historical Jesus” than the four Gospels that are in our Bible today.
What are Christians today to make of Gnosticism, both in its ancient forms and in its resurgence within the
contemporary world? Please join us in exploring this question.
Dr. Perrin is the Franklin S. Dryness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College. He holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Marquette University, where his dissertation focused on the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas. He is the author of six books, and his research focuses on both the Gnostic and Canonical Gospels, and thus on
questions related to the historical Jesus.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, January 23, 2014
6:00 p.m., Room 140/141 - Patrons’ Reception (for patrons of the Robert C. Cooley Center)*
*Patrons must RSVP to Mark Poe (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 2, 2014
7:00 p.m., Cooley Chapel
Lecture 1: Ancient Gnosticism and its Re-emergence in Contemporary Culture
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
14542 Choate Circle, Charlotte, NC 28273-9103
Friday, January 24, 2014
Lecture 2: Irenaeus against the Gnostics–How and Why?
Good Shepherd UMC
13110 Moss Road, Charlotte, NC 28273
Bible Secrets Revealed or History Distorted?
Check out the following links for a series of responses to the History Channel's new documentary Bible Secrets Revealed.
See the following links for a review of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Jesus: A History.
Internet Guide to Religion
Princeton Theological Seminary Puts Books Online!
Reviews of Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Take a STEP in Bible Study!
A Review of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom
New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room
A "New" New Testament?
Check out the following links to read scholarly responses to the recently released A New New Testament. This collection of texts, touted as the "Bible for the 21st century," is a collection of writings that includes ten "newly discovered" texts in addition to the twenty-seven canonical texts of the NT. The collection was chosen and assembled by Hal Taussig and a team of eighteen scholars and religious leaders, including Jesus Seminar member John Dominic Crossan.
Paul Barnett - A New New Testament
Daniel Wallace - A New New Testament: Are you serious?
For information on the formation of the New Testament canon, check out Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize by Michael J. Kruger. Another helpful site is 4Gospels.com.
Scholarly Response to "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife"
In response to the recent, sensationalistic claims regarding a newly translated papyrus fragment that refers to Jesus' wife, please visit the following links:
- Tyndale House Newsletter
- Francis Watson - The Gospel of Jesus' Wife: How a Fake Gospel Fragment was Compsed
- NT Blog: Francis Watson, Addendum: The End of the Line?
- Larry Hurtado - "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" . . . Maybe . . . Maybe Not
- Michael J. Kruger - The Far Less Sensational Truth About Jesus' "Wife"
- Darrell L. Bock - Quick Thoughts on the New Jesus Wife Text
- The "wife" of Jesus? Some comments from Craig A. Evans
- The Biblical Word - Jesus' Sister/Wife? Ben Witherington on the Jesus' Wife Papyrus
Scholarly Response to: The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity
In response to the recent claims of Dr. James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici in their new book The Jesus Discovery, please check out the following links:
Cooley Center iMac Computer
The Cooley Collection is now pleased to offer a full complement of sophisticated exegetical research programs accessible on a new iMac in the Cooley room. A significant investment has been made in the purchase of Accordance 8, one of the premier Bible software programs. A host of high quality Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic resources have been made available. These fully-searchable texts are invaluable resources to anyone studying the cultural and linguistic background of the biblical texts.
For scholars of the Old Testament, the Cooley Collection now offers the complete biblical manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, multiple versions of the Septuagint (including the Cambridge Septuagint apparatus), Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions, the Targums, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Ugaritic Databank. For scholars of the New Testament and early Judaism, the sectarian documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, the works of Josephus, Philo and the Old Testament Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha are available, in addition to grammatically tagged versions of both Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. Specialists in early church history will find Greek and English versions of the Apostolic Fathers, a collection of apocryphal Gospel texts, and Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History. In addition to Accordance 8, other notable programs are installed on the iMac, including BibleWorks 7 and Logos 4. The Soncino Judaic Classics Library has also been installed, giving access to rabbinic literature including the Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash Rabbah and the Zohar. PDF versions of Jacob Neusner’s translation of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds have also been installed.
Advanced students and researchers wishing to use the new computer resources may do so by appointment, which can be made by contacting the library director, Dr. Robert Mayer (email@example.com), and the Cooley Center fellow, Rev. Mark Poe (firstname.lastname@example.org) by email. Requests should include a description of the research project and the estimated length of time needed for research. Dr. Mayer and Rev. Poe will schedule your appointment and arrange for brief training in use of the computer and its resources.
Interested in Becoming a Patron?
The Robert C. Cooley Center is dedicated to exploring the historical foundations of the Christian faith. Achieving this end involves historical, literary, and archaeological research into the origins of both biblical and Christian faith and practice. Patron support is crucial to the continuing work of the Center. Your support is used to fund the bi-annual newsletter, the yearly lecture series, as well other projects and areas of research conducted by the staff at the Center. If you are interested in supporting this important work, please contact Dr. Rollin Grams at 704.527.5842 or at email@example.com.