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How Jesus Celebrated Passover: The Renaissance Discovery of the Jewish Roots of Christianity
Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History, Princeton University; Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor at UBC
Lecture Hall No. 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC
March 23 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Sixteenth and seventeenth-century scholars came to see, as clearly as contemporary specialists on the New Testament, that Christianity began as a Jewish sect. As they learned more about Jewish teachings, rituals and traditions, they came to see counterparts to many of them, unexpectedly, in the New Testament itself. And as always, where the New Testament text gave few details, imaginative scholarship filled them in. This lecture tells the story of how these scholars reconstructed the last Seder that Jesus celebrated with his disciples, on the evening of the Last Supper, and seeks to explain why they found this enterprise compelling and revealing.

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