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Cole Lectures

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2013 Cole Lectures

to be delivered by

Elaine Pagels                                                                                                                              The Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion                           Princeton University  

Thursday, October 3, 2013
7:00 p.m., Benton Chapel

Friday, October 4, 2013
10:00 a.m., Benton Chapel


Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation  

The first lecture will explore questions about the author and the circumstances under which the Book of Revelation was written and will examine the astonishing range of ways Christians have read the text from the seventh century to the present.

Friday, October 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

New Reflections on Gospel Traditions: The Gospel of John and The Gospel of Thomas

Twenty-five years after the publicaton of her book The Gnostic Gospels, Pagels will address the scholarly arguments on the relationship of the Gospel of Thomas to the New Testament Gospel of John.

Philanthropist Edmund W. Cole, president of Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad and treasurer of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, endowed the annual Cole Lecture Series in 1892 "for the defense and advocacy of the Christian religion." Cole's gift provided for the first sustained lectureship in the history of Vanderbilt University.

The lectures have been delivered by such distinguished scholars as Harry Emerson Fosdick, George Buttrick, Rudolph Bultmann, H. Richard Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Walter Brueggemann, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, James Barr, Gustavo Gutierrez, James Cone, Edward Farley, Don Beisswenger, Gene TeSelle, David Buttrick, Jim Wallis, Lamin Sanneh, Mark Noll, Randall Balmer, James Lawson, John O'Malley, R. Scott Appleby and many others.

The Cole Lectures are free and open to the public.