‘Bones of Jesus’ topic of FUMC’s Wesley Arts program

August 22, 2012 – Dr. Mark Chancey, Chair of the Religious Studies Department, Southern Methodist University, will present “The Bones of Jesus: Jewish Burial Customs, Ossuaries and Fantastic Archaeology” as part of the Wesley Arts Series at First United Methodist Church, 1200 E. Yellow Jacket Lane in Rockwall. The program is open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20.

A brief question and answer session will follow Dr. Chancey’s remarks.  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at the church office or at the door.  Complimentary babysitting will be provided with advance reservations (972 771 5500).

Dr. Chancey attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a B.A., an M.A. in Religion, and Duke University, where he earned a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Judaism.  His research interests range from the historical Jesus, archaeology and the Bible, and the political and social history of Roman-period Palestine to church-state issues and religion and contemporary public education.  He is the author of two books with Cambridge Univ. Press, The Myth of a Gentile Galilee (2002) and Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus (2005), and the co-author of a new book with Yale Univ. Press, Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible.

Submitted by Ruth Sears.

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