Symposium on Epic, Biography, and the Gospels

The Willamette University Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology and the Department of Religious Studies held a two-day symposium on April 29-30 on the influence of the ancient epic and biographical genres on the composition of the early Christian Gospels.

Events included:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

"What Kind of Book is a Gospel? What Kind of Question is That?"
Dr. Dennis R. MacDonald
John Wesley Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and
Dean at Clarement School of Theology

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Panel Discussion
A panel of scholars from the Northwest will respond to Dr. MacDonald’s lecture
and offer their views on the genre of the Gospels

"Framing Jesus: The Mythic Structure of Ancient Lives and its Influence on the Gospels."
Dr. Lane McGaughy
Willamette University
Director of the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology