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Religion and Violence: The Legacy from Ancient Christian Martyrdom

Friday, March 14, 2014 more dates through March 14, 2014

King Building, 306 10 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King delivers Oberlin’s 2014 Haskell Lectures.

What God Desires this Suffering?
Thursday, March 13
4:30-6 pm

Hallowed Hauntings: The Legacy of Partial History
Friday, March 14
4:30-6 pm

Both lectures in King 306

The first lecture in the series, Power, Torture, Truth: The Romans against the Christians has been cancelled due to weather conditions. It had been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 12.

Karen L. King is the first woman to hold Harvard’s Hollis Professor of Divinity chair, the university's oldest endowed professorship (1721). Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, she pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her particular theoretical interests are in discourses of normativity (orthodoxy and heresy), gender studies, and religion and violence. Her books include What is Gnosticism?; The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle;and Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels). She is currently working on two projects: Martyrdom and its Discontents: An Historical Essay on Religion and Violence in the Formation of Christianity, and a critical edition of a papyrus fragment in which Jesus speaks of “my wife.”

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Academic, Religion


Free and open to the public

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Cindy Chapman

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(440) 775-8579

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