Hurtado Lectures in Houston (April)
My hosts in Houston (David Capes in Houston Baptist University, and April DeConick in Rice University) have encouraged me to give advance notice of lectures I’ve been invited to give there in April. These are all open to the general public, so if anyone out there is free and so inclined, do come along.
- On 10 April (Wednesday), I give the Burkitt Lecture in Rice University, 7 pm, the Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library. Title: “Revelatory Experience and Religious Innovation in Earliest Christianity”. I will engage again an emphasis I’ve made over a number of years now and in several publications that powerful religious experiences that came to recipients with the force of “revelation” comprised a major factor in producing significant religious innovations in earliest Christian circles, with special reference to the rapid emergence of the “dyadic” devotional pattern in which Jesus was reverenced along with God.
- On 11 and 12 April, I give two A. O. Collins lectures in Houston Baptist University. My lecture on 11 April (7 pm, Hinton Building, room Dillon 2) will be “Early Christian Dyadic Monotheism: God and Jesus in Earliest Christianity”. I will focus on the early Christian “mutation” in the pattern of ancient Jewish worship comprised in the programmatic place of Jesus in early Christian devotional practice.
- In the lecture on 12 April (9 am, same location), “The Place of Jesus in Earliest Christian Prayer and its Import for Early Christian Identity,” I will survey the ways that Jesus figured in early Christian prayer beliefs and practices, noting how this lent a unique identity to circles of believers.
For more information on the Houston Baptist University lectures, see the web site here.