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Choir Zoom Sabbath School May 18: Adventist and the Jesus Seminar

This Saturday, May 18, the Choir Zoom Sabbath School meets from 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Pacific Time. Ross Winkle will present.

The Jesus Seminar, a group comprised of dozens of New Testament Scholars since the 1980s, is most famous (or, infamous) for its critical discussion of and conclusions about the authenticity of Jesus’ sayings and acts in the gospels. For instance, the Jesus Seminar concluded that the gospel of John contains not one undoubtedly authentic saying of Jesus. What can Seventh-day Adventists learn from their investigations and conclusions?

Dr. Winkle has taught in the Theology department at PUC since 2005, as chair from 2014-2022. He received his undergraduate education at Walla Walla College and his master’s degree at Andrews University. After one year of chaplaincy and about 13 years of pastoring in Oregon, he began work on his PhD in New Testament studies at Andrews under the direction of Jon Paulien. His dissertation was on clothing imagery in Revelation 1 as a role-related indicator of the high priestly status of Jesus. He has presented academic papers at major biblical studies conferences in Austria, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Türkiye, and the United States. Currently he is finishing co-writing a commentary on 1 Peter for the new Seventh-day Adventist commentary series and co-editing a conference volume from the 2021 Adventist Society for Religious Studies annual meeting in San Antonio on the theme of theology and ecology in the age of the (COVID-19) pandemic. Lucky Ross will also be presenting academic papers in Bulgaria and The Netherlands this summer.

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