ASHLAND, Ohio — Dr. John Byron, professor of New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary, will present a lecture titled “Who is the Real Jesus and Why are We Looking for Him?” on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium inside the Gerber Academic Building on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus.
Byron’s presentation will deal with a number of questions, including:
· — Do the gospels provide accurate information about Jesus?
· — Did the early church distort the message of Jesus?
· — Do secret gospels reveal the truth about Jesus?
· — Did Jesus really exist?
“Provocative questions like these surface regularly in newscasts, television specials, books and magazines,” Byron said. “In the last six months, Reza Aslan’s “The Zealot,” Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Jesus” and the History Channel’s “The Real Jesus” have raised similar questions. Underlying many of these questions is an assumption that the New Testament provides unreliable information about Jesus thus forcing us to search for the ‘real Jesus.’”
In this lecture Dr. Byron will discuss why some scholars are skeptical of the New Testament claims about Jesus and will provide an overview of the evidence that there is for him as well as what history can and cannot tell people about Jesus.
The evening lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a light reception. Seating is first come, first served and registration is not required. Questions may be directed to Amy Burns at 419-289-5462.