The Earliest Gospel Sources and the Gospel of Peace

In the revolutionary atmosphere just before the outbreak of the First Jewish-Roman War (a.d. 66-70), one group of Palestinian dissidents opposing oppressive Roman rule gave witness to a pacifist understanding of faith in God. They were pious Jews from the Galilean countryside. Although they opposed Roman domination and the urban Jewish authorities who collaborated with their harsh rulers, their theological and political teaching and lifestyle nevertheless sought an end to the escalation of violence. Their leader was Jesus of Nazarath.

This characterisation summarises one of the fresh new approaches to New Testament scholarship that is being developed in the context of the so-called Synoptic problem. It postulates an oral source (called Oral Q) of story-telling within this Palestinian community. It was not the only group of Jews inspired by Jesus; other groups, like the one connected to the Gospel of Mark, are identifiable. And when Luke and Matthew came to write their Gospels, they employed the texts of both of these early groups.

This seminar, aimed at students, church leaders and interested laypeople, will offer an introduction to this new stream in New Testament scholarship, highlighting its fresh insights into peace theology while at the same time noting some of the problems that it faces. To lead us, we are pleased to welcome Dr. James Jakob Fehr, a Canadian Mennonite theologian and philosopher.

This event will be held at the:
London Mennonite Centre
14 Shepherds Hill
Highgate
London N6 5AQ

About the speaker:
Dr. James Jakob Fehr was educated in Canada and Germany, focusing on Greek culture and religion and German philosophy of religion. He has written and lectured on Kantian ethics, the religious Enlightenment in Germany and the Netherlands, the history of Mennonites, Wittgenstein and more recently on pacifist ethics and the Christian concept of the soul. He is currently pastor of two Mennonite congregations in southern Germany and lecturer in the Philosophy Department of the University of Mainz.

For more information contact th London Mennonite Centre on 0845 4500 214 or fill in a contact form http://www.menno.org.uk/contactform

THIS IS NOT AN EKKLESIA EVENT - but we do support its aims