Imagining Jerusalem – reflections on our first workshop

Our first meeting as a network took place last month in York. We were really pleased to see our early hopes of making cross-period and interdisciplinary connections realised in some fascinating and thought-provoking conversations during the two days of the workshop, and hugely grateful to all the members who were able to make it, especially those who travelled long distances to join us.

I’ve tried to condense some themes from the workshop in the following post, but if you were at the workshop, please do comment with any further recurrent topics that you noticed. If you weren’t, we’d love to hear the ideas that you think we could explore in future.

We began the first day with 5-minute presentations from members on their interest in Jerusalem – an exercise that worked surprisingly well, with everyone keeping to time and offering some thought-provoking questions and ideas! This quick-fire conversation uncovered some interesting points of connection between different periods, geographical contexts and disciplines, and highlighted exciting new areas of research.

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Reza Aslan to speak in York on his new book ‘Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth’

Reza Aslan will be speaking in York on 26th March about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

The talk is free and is being hosted by the Writers at York initiative at the York Medical Society.

You may recognise Aslan’s name from a clip which went viral last year, in which a Fox News presenter asked repeatedly why a Muslim would want to write a book about Jesus.

“My job as a scholar of religions with a PhD in the subject is to write about religions,” Aslan maintained, in response to the presenter’s persistent (and bizarre) line of questioning.

The talk promises to be a fascinating chance to hear Aslan’s own perspective on the argument of his book and the controversies it has generated. Not to be missed!

You can read more about the event and register to attend here.