August 14, 2016

CSOC - Gods Run in the Blood, or, Why Paul's Pagans were not 'Converts'?

Paula F. Fredriksen is an American historian and a scholar of religious studies.

Fredriksen is a scholar of the historical Jesus. While some historians interpret the historical Jesus as a non-apocalyptic ethical teacher, she sides with those who portray him as an apocalyptic preacher in the tradition of prophets before him and apostles after him.

In addition to the historical Jesus, Fredriksen is also interested in the social history of Christianity from its beginnings to the fall of the Roman Empire. She has published two books on St. Augustine, both focused on his attitudes towards Jews and Judaism. In contrast to other historians of Christian anti-Semitism, she regards Augustine as having a more enlightened, indeed revolutionary, attitude towards Jews and Judaism than many of his other Christian contemporaries.

One of the editors of her book From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus was the New Testament scholar E.P. Sanders. Along with Geza Vermes, she is often regarded as one of the most influential scholars interested in replacing Jesus within a Jewish context.
Video Title: CSOC - Gods Run in the Blood, or, Why Paul's Pagans were not 'Converts'? Source: BenGurionUniversity. Date Published: March 24, 2014. Description: 
Seminar discussing Paul, pagans, ethnicity and conversion.

The seminar (in English) was given by Prof. Paula Fredriksen (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) as part of the activity in the Center for the study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters at BGU (March 18th, 2014).