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Seeing Jesus in Color

If Jesus Was a Person of Color, Why Are so many Historical-Jesus Scholars White?

For two millennia Jesus has been invented and reinvented by believers. The complex process of reinventing Jesus by the adherents of different religious communities has had both positive and negative outcomes. It has been the project of historical Jesus research to assess Jesus objectively and often irreligiously. But after 150 years of rigorous study, the field remains largely white and confined to the ideals of the European Enlightenment. Dr. Anthony Le Donne explores the consequences of excluding the voices of non-white scholarship and Dr. Hossein Kamaly will examine Jesus within the Islamic traditions. Come and participate in this dialogue, moderated by Dr. Lucinda Mosher.

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About the Speakers

Anthony Le Donne is Associate Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author or editor of 13 books including The Historiographical Jesus, Historical Jesus: What Can we Know and How Can We Know It? and Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide. Anthony serves as the executive editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. Alongside Jesus research, he is keenly invested in Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

Hossein Kamaly is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Holder of the Imam Ali Chair for Shi’i Studies and Dialogue among Islamic Legal Schools at Hartford Seminary. His most recent book is A History of Islam in 21 Women. His areas of study include Qur’anic Studies, Shi’a Studies, Islamic Studies, and Interfaith Interpretive Traditions, among others.

Lucinda Mosher  is Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford Seminary. She teaches courses on chaplaincy, religious diversity, and Christian-Muslim relations. Concurrently, she is Assistant Academic Director of the Building Bridges Seminar — an annual dialogue of Christian and Muslim scholars founded by the Archbishop of Canterbury and now under the stewardship of Georgetown University.

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