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The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow - 219th Lecture Series

The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow hosts its 219th Lecture Series where Professor Helen Bond will discuss 'Raising the Dead: Constructing Characters from the Ancient Christian Past'.


The gospels are full of memorable vignettes – Pontius Pilate washing his hands, Jesus healing a blind man, Mary Magdalene weeping at the cross. It’s no surprise that these scenes have an established place in Western art, literature and culture. But what do we really know about any of these characters and the early Christian literature that they inhabit? Drawing on recent research into the transmission of oral traditions, the effects of memory, fictionalization, patriarchal bias and ancient biography, the present lecture examines the gospels in their first century contexts and assesses how much we can know about these fascinating yet elusive characters.


The talk will be given over Zoom and if you would like to join the webinar please email