Implications of Our Images of Jesus

February 20, 2009

The Third Jean and Patrick Henry, Jr. Seminar
3/27/2010( 8:30:00 AM – 1:45:00 PM )
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

Rodney S. Sadler, Jr, Associate Professor of Bible, Union Presbyterian Seminary

What did Jesus look like? Why does it matter how he is portrayed through images? Though common, our depictions of Jesus are often unquestioned and convey a great deal of unexamined messages when used in worship and teaching. In these sessions we will begin to explore these depictions to determine what if any impact they have on contemporary Christian communities and how they subtly inform larger conversations about “race,” ethnicity, and anti-semitism by privileging one conception of Christ. In four modules, we will consider the accuracy of our traditional familiar images, wrestle with the problems of “qualified Christs,” explore alternative images, and suggest a way for the Church to foster human reconciliation at the start of a new millennium.
Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. is Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Formerly Union-PSCE) at Charlotte. He is a graduate of Howard University (B.S.-Psychology, Philosophy), Howard School of Divinity (M.Div.), and Duke University (Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology). Dr. Sadler lectures and writes on the following subjects: Black Church Studies, the Bible and “Race,” Difference in Scripture, “Race” and the Face of Jesus, Biblical Archaeology, Dead Sea Scrolls, and general themes in Old Testament and New Testament studies. He is widely published, serves on editorial councils of Interpretation, The African American Devotional Bible, and The Africana Bible (forthcoming) and authored a discussion on “race” in Scripture entitled Can a Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible.
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