Paula Fredriksen,"Messy Monotheism: The Crowded Cosmos of Ancient Jews and Christians"
Prof. Paula Fredriksen will deliver the 9th Annual John Paul II Lecture on Oct. 12 at 5 PM: "Messy Monotheism: The Crowded Cosmos of Ancient Jews and Christians."
Many gods lived in the Roman Empire. All ancient peoples, including Jews and, eventually, Christians knew this to be the case. This lecture will explore the ways that members of these groups thought about and dealt with foreign gods—the gods of their neighbors and of their neighborhoods—while remaining loyal to their own god.
Paula Fredriksen, the Aurelio Professor of Scripture emerita at Boston University, since 2009 has been Distinguished Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has published widely on the social and intellectual history of ancient Christianity, and on pagan-Jewish-Christian relations in the Roman Empire. Her two latest books, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle (2017), and When Christians Were Jews (2018), place the Jesus movement’s Jewish messianic message within the wider world of ancient Mediterranean culture, politics, and power.
COVID Policy: Following the requirements of both the City of Boston and the City of Newton, Boston College requires masks to be worn in all indoor spaces on campus that are open to the public. This includes all Center for Christian-Jewish Learning events. An exception is made for those actively eating or drinking.
Tuesday, October 12 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Yawkey Athletics Center, Murray Room
Yawkey Centre, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467