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The Program in Jewish Studies at Brite Divinity School presents "Jesus, Paul, and the Founding of Christianity" with Adele Reinhartz.

Adele Reinhartz is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa, where she is also a Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies.

The Jesus movement began in the first century with a small group of Galilean Jews who believed that a Jew named Jesus was the messiah. Over time, the Jesus movement separated from its Jewish matrix. How, when, and why this separation occurred remains a hot topic in the study of early Jewish-Christian relations. This talk will discuss the “Great Man” theory of Christian origins, which traces the roots of this separation–and the decisive break with Judaism—back to Jesus and/or Paul, and consider why it remains popular today despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Generously supported by The Louis and Frieda Cristol Endowment for Academic Programming in Jewish Studies.

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