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John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg

Jesus and the Kingdom

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Featuring John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg

Why did Jesus happen when he happened? Why the confluence of the Baptism movement of John and the Kingdom movement of Jesus? Why the tiny villages around the Lake? Why the confrontations in Jerusalem? Why then? Why there?

Why were the titles of Caesar Augustus – Divine, Son of God, God from God, Lord, Redeemer, Liberator, and Savior of the World – taken from a Roman emperor on the Palatine hill and given to a Jewish peasant on the Palestine plain? Was it low lampoon or high treason? Either way, the Romans were not laughing.

What were the priorities of Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom? How was the status quo of Roman imperial theology subverted by this obscure Galilean whose message continues to indict empire today?

First Light is a 12-session DVD and web-based study of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God with two of the world's leading Jesus scholars on location throughout the Galilee and Jerusalem.

The Participant Reader is written by John Dominic Crossan: 'It is all I have to say about Jesus after half a century of study – in succinct summary.'

Purchase of First Light includes a one-year licence to use the downloadable participant and leader guides. At the end of the first year, the licence to use the written materials can be renewed annually for $50.00.

This product is despatched from the USA. Postage and packaging is included in the price: £102.90 for delivery in the USA, £109.30 for delivery to Canada and the rest of the world.

This item is despatched from the USA. Postage is included in the price. Although not a regular occurrence, customers in other countries may be charged import duty by their own customs authorities.


First Light includes downloadable and printable leader and participant guides with weekly readings and discussion questions. Each session includes a 20-minute video segment and may be conducted in one hour or expanded to include a meal and personal sharing. The flexible DVD and resource materials can be used in variety of class, retreat, and other formats. The themes for the twelve sessions are:

1. The Matrix of Jesus

2. The Advent of the Messiah

3. God’s Great Cleanup

4. Collaborative Eschaton

5. The Lake as the World

6. Parables as Lures

7. Jesus as Lord

8. Substitutionary Atonement?

9. Demonstrations in Jerusalem
10. The Crowd & the Crucifixion

11. Resurrection as Resistance

12. America as the New Rome


Borg and Crossan


John Dominic Crossan - Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at De Paul University. Widely regarded as the premier historical Jesus scholar in the world, Dr Crossan has authored over 20 books including God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now, The Historical Jesus, and Excavating Jesus – a groundbreaking study on Jesus co-written with archaeologist Jonathan Reed. A Roman Catholic monk for nineteen years and a priest for twelve years, Crossan is a former co-chair of The Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Marcus Borg - Hundere Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University. Author of over ten books including The Heart of Christianity and Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary and the bestseller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. Dr Borg lectures extensively throughout North America and overseas. His work has been translated into five languages.

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Subline Jesus and the Kingdom
Author(s) John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg
Date Added 15 Mar 2010


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