Jesus Seminar to visit island

The Jesus Seminar will visit Bainbridge Island this weekend for a two-day visit to Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.

Who was the historical Jesus and how did he relate to the social and political issues of his time? What does Jesus have to do with justice and politics today?

In a program entitled “The Politics of the Real Jesus” on Sept. 21-22, scholars of the Jesus Seminar will address these and other questions about the historical Jesus.

Founded in 1985, the Jesus Seminar was organized to discover and report a scholarly consensus on the historical authenticity of the sayings and events attributed to Jesus.

The program, part of the “Jesus Seminar on the Road” series, is sponsored by Westar Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to religious literacy.

On Friday evening, Jarmo Tarkki, pastor for Finns abroad in California and Texas and adjunct professor of theology at California Lutheran University, and Bernard Brandon Scott, a New Testament professor at the Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla. will describe portrayals of Jesus in Mark, Matthew and Luke, in the light of political dynamics in first-century Palestine.

On Saturday morning, Scott will talk about Jesus and the politics of his day.

On Saturday afternoon, Tarkki will connect the dots between Jesus’ most authentic sayings and political strategies in the U.S. and the world today.

The sessions are open to the public. Registration is $75 for all three events and $50 for additional family members. The individual cost is $20 for Friday evening and $30 each for Saturday morning and afternoon sessions.

Registrations can be made by calling 503-375-5323 or toll free 877-523-3545, or online at

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