How Much Did Paul of Tarsus Know about the Historical Jesus, and How and When Did He Know It?

Academy Board member Dr. Scott Bartchy will deliver this lecture on Jesus and the earliest Christian Church. The event is part of the ‘Faith and Reason’ series of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

During the 20th century, a majority of New Testament historians and theologians focused on the significant differences between the Jesus whom we meet in the Gospels and the Paul whom we meet in his letters. In sharp contrast, this lecture will show how Jesus and Paul are ‘on the same page’ when we examine (in the deep context of the then dominant cultural values and social codes) the kind of human transformation and interpersonal behavior each of them sought to produce in obedience to God.

The lecture will also discuss why early Christians concluded that four distinct narratives about Jesus of Nazareth and the letters of Paul of Tarsus belonged together in their authoritative Scripture. It draws on Dr. Bartchy’s study of cross-cultural anthropologists and neuroscientists to challenge the widely held view that Paul had no personal knowledge about the historical Jesus, was totally reliant on hearsay, then distorted what he heard, betrayed Jesus’ intentions and became the ‘first founder of Christianity.’


Sunday, February 11, 2018
11:30 AM (after the worship service)

Potluck Lunch


St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

580 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

(across from the UCLA campus)

Free Admission • All are welcome!

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