The Search for the ‘Real’ Jesus of Nazareth:
The Jesus of Faith, History, and Revelation
DATES: May 8 (Fullerton) and May 9 (La Canada – Flintridge).
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
We are pleased to welcome our May 2015 Miller Eccles speaker, Eric D. Huntsman, Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU, Coordinator for Near Eastern Studies, Kennedy Center for International Studies, and Affiliated Faculty, Classics and Near Eastern Studies.
THE TOPIC: Throughout most of the Christian era, believers based their understanding of the life and mission of Jesus Christ primarily on the canonical gospels and to a lesser extent on references to him elsewhere in the New Testament and upon church tradition. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, scholars began to apply source criticism, extra biblical texts, and the criteria of scientific history to the study of Jesus, spawning what has become known as Historical Jesus Studies. Since that time, the search for the historical Jesus has gone through three distinct phases or “quests.” Some people of faith have been suspicious of some of the conclusions or proposals that have come from these quests for the historical Jesus, but recently some believing scholars have been using the same methodology to come up with more faith-affirming conclusions in what is coming to be known as the “fourth quest.”
Dr. Huntsman will discuss the extent to which the Jesus of Faith and the Jesus of History match the personal experiences of believing Latter-day Saints with the risen Lord in their study, prayer, and worship. The discussion is an attempt to better know the real Jesus and humanity’s relationship with Him, which characterizes eternal life (see John 17:3).
THE SPEAKER: Eric D. Huntsman was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and raised in New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. He graduated from BYU with a BA in Classical Greek and Latin in 1990. He earned an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Ancient History, where he specialized in Imperial Roman history and women in antiquity. He began teaching at BYU in Classics in 1994 and transferred to Religious Education in 2003, where he is a professor of Ancient Scripture. After teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center in 2011-2012, he returned to BYU, where he was appointed the director of the Ancient Near Eastern Studies program.
Since transferring to Religious Education, Dr. Huntsman has specialized in the New Testament, where he has published on a number of topics, especially the writings of John and the Ministry and Atonement of Christ in the New Testament Gospels. He is co-author of Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament, published by Deseret Book. He has also published three monographs on Jesus: God So Loved the World: The Final Days of the Savior’s Life (a study of the Passion Narratives); Good Tidings of Great Joy: An Advent Celebration of the Savior’s Birth (a study of the Infancy Narratives); and The Miracles of Jesus, all published by Deseret Book. He is currently working on a book entitled Worship: Encountering and Being Transformed by God. He is also beginning a commentary on the Gospel according to John for the BYU New Testament Commentary series. His full vita and other details are available on Dr. Huntsman’s website.
Dr. Huntsman was a full-time missionary in the Thailand Bangkok Mission and has served as a bishop. He is currently an ordinance worker in the Provo Temple and sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Provo with their two children.
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