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Cancelled: The Meaning of Christmas: What Divine Births Meant in the Ancient World with Brian LePort

  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Date: Cancelled
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Tuition: $15 before Nov. 1, $20 after

To some early Christians, Jesus of Nazareth did not have a human father, because he was conceived by a virgin through the power of God (Holy Spirit). Is this claim unique? In fact, no, as there were other important figures from the ancient world who were said to have been born of a god, figures including Caesar Augustus, the philosopher Plato, and the
Buddha. In this course we will ask why it was that Christians found it important to claim that Jesus had a divine birth, and what such a claim meant in antiquity.
Brian LePort, Ph.D., is a Religious Studies Instructor at TMI-Episcopal in San Antonio, TX. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol (UK) in Religion and Theology, and received his Th.M. and M.A. from Western Seminary (Portland, OR). His research has been focused primarily on the Christian Gospels, and more precisely on the figure of John the Baptist.

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