The Trust  is delighted to present the following event:

Jesus: Visionary for a World in Crisis

 a talk by Dr. Joan Taylor 

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Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple  Judaism, King’s College London 


7pm, Friday 24 July 2020

 St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington

Click HERE to listen

Hosted by:


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with the Religious Studies Programme, Victoria University of Wellington – Te Herenga Waka



A short biography:
Dr. Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London, and Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She is a leading expert on the world of Jesus, with a focus on history and archaeology, and the author of numerous books and articles, notably What did Jesus Look Like? (2018). She also works on the Bible in cultural reception (ed., Jesus and Brian, 2015), women/gender and the body (ed., The Body in Biblical, Christian and Jewish Texts, 2014), and the Dead Sea Scrolls (The Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea, 2010). She is currently writing a Very Short Introduction to Mary Magdalene for the Oxford series. In addition, she writes novels and poetry.


About the talk:

Jesus: Visionary for a World in Crisis
In the time of Jesus the region of Judaea was included within the Roman Empire. Some prospered, but a large part of the population was poor and insecure. Jesus himself was from a simple, rural village. Yet, he was also a visionary. His story is one of empowerment and a call for change. He became a phenomenal healer in a land rife with disease. In his teaching he tackled crucial matters of his time and ours: the natural world, disease, ethics, trade, and the role of the political and religious elite. How can we ‘translate’ his teaching for the world of today?