About a generation after Jesus was crucified and after the Jerusalem temple was razed by the Romans, writers in different places began to write down what they knew and believed about Jesus life, death and resurrection. While Jesus is the central character in each of the gospel narratives, the writers see him from different perspectives and portray him in divergent ways for their communities.
In this program, we will read each gospel in its entirety, as separate works of literature, and consider Jesus as the protagonist in each story from the standpoint of the authors, the communities for which the gospels were written and our own experiences of the stories in our own time. References will be made to other gospels, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Secret Gospel of Mark and the Protevangelium of James.
You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Discussion will build on each gospel as the course progresses.
Cost: By donation.
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Ann Bemrose is an award-winning writer, editor and educator with over 18 years experience in curriculum development and adult religious education. She is a former member of the teaching staff at Trinity College, Toronto and was both an editor and the biblical resource writer for The Whole People of God and the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum resources for seven years.
Ann provides worship and education leadership for the Pacific InterChristian Community in Vancouver. She is currently working on a book about religions in online virtual worlds.