New York City — Larry W. Hurtado, Prof. of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh will deliver the three-part Paddock Lectures for 2004 which he has entitled, “How on Earth did Jesus Become a God?” The opening lecture addresses the scholarly approaches to Jesus-devotion in earliest Christianity and takes place on Tuesday October 19 at 8 pm. The following morning, Wednesday, October 20 at 10 am, Prof. Hurtado will explore devotion to Jesus in the context of second-temple Jewish monotheistic piety. The concluding lecture on the social and political consequences of devotion to Jesus in earliest Christian times will take place that same Wednesday at 2 pm. A noted scholar in New Testament studies, Prof. Hurtado also directs the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. Among his many publications are the two recent books, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (2003) and At the Origins of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion (2000). In addition to the Paddock Lectures, in the upcoming year Prof. Hurtado has been invited to deliver special lectures in London, Lund, Stockholm, Uppsala, New York, and Oregon.

The Paddock Lectures were founded in 1880 by General Seminary benefactor George A. Jarvis and named in honor of The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Henry Paddock, Class of 1852. The lectureship has featured many of the world’s leading theologians including Francis J. Hall, William Temple, Diogenes Allen and, in 2003, Rowan Greer. The General Theological Seminary, founded in 1817, is located in the Chelsea district of New York City. Plan to join the Seminary community for this fascinating series of lectures. Admission is without charge and no reservations are needed.

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