Face-to-Face and Head-to-Head on “The Jesus Discovery” at Upcoming Meeting of the Southeastern Comission for the Study of Religion

This just in from Prof. Ralph Hawkins:

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Dear Colleagues,

Greetings, and I hope this message finds you well.

I am writing to invite you to join us in beautiful downtown Greenville, South Carolina, at the Hyatt Regency, on March 15-17, 2013, for a special ASOR session in which we’ll be considering the new book by Dr. James Tabor, entitled The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012). Dr. James Tabor will give the featured presentation, followed by responses from Chris Rollston and Mark Goodacre. The session details are as follows:

Special Session on The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find that Reveals the Birth of Christianity (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012)

Ralph K. Hawkins (Averett University), Presiding

1.     James Tabor (UNC – Charlotte), “A New Iconographic Image and an Mixed Greek/Hebrew Inscription from a Sealed 1st Century CE Tomb in Jerusalem”
2.      Chris Rollston (George Washington University), “The Talpiyot Tombs: Some Sober Reflections on the Epigraphic Materials.”
3.       Mark Goodacre (Duke University),  “The Jesus Discovery? A Skeptic’s Perspective”.
4.       James Tabor, response

The session will be part of the ASOR Southeast program, which meets each year as part of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion. For more information, go to http://groups.wfu.edu/secsor/, or contact Ralph K. Hawkins at rhawkins@averett.edu.

I am very much looking forward to this discussion. I will be presenting my response to the major alternative interpretations and critiques of our findings and analysis of the Talpiot tombs. I am honored to have the input and critique of my esteemed colleagues Masrk Goodacre and Chris Rollston. One thing for certain–the session will not be boring! Even if you are not a professional member of ASOR, SBL, or the AAR you can attend through a guest registration process. Check the web site above for details.

Once we are past this March program I plan to post a number of substantive pieces on where our evidence now stands regarding Talpiot as a whole. I want to first present my views this ASOR sponsored academic forum before I put them out on the blog. In the meantime I invite my blog readers to “Read the Book!