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We are very excited to announce that John Dominic Crossan will be here for a rare afternoon signing. Crossan is a world-renowned New Testament scholar—and author of several dozen books—with particular expertise on the historical Jesus. Thanks to fortuitous circumstances (he will be speaking at the Sunstone Symposium), we were able to schedule an event during his busy time here—we consider it a privilege to host such a respected historian and author such as Crossan. He will be here on Wednesday, July 29 to discuss and sign his latest book How to Read the Bible & Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation (published by Harper One). He will speak at 12:30 PM and then take questions from the audience. We hope you will be able to make it but, if not, we can hold a signed copy for pick-up or mail it to you. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

The acclaimed Bible scholar and author of The Historical Jesus and God & Empire—“the greatest New Testament scholar of our generation” (John Shelby Spong)—grapples with Scripture’s two conflicting visions of Jesus and God, one of a loving God, and one of a vengeful God, and explains how Christians can better understand these passages in a way that enriches their faith.

Many portions of the New Testament, introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah—and how can both be in the same Bible?

How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian explores this question and offers guidance for the faithful conflicted over which version of the Lord to worship. John Dominic Crossan reconciles these contrasting views, revealing how different writers of the books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing. Often these books are explicitly competing against another, opposing vision of God from the Bible itself.

Crossan explains how to navigate this debate and offers what he believes is the best central thread to what the Bible is all about. He challenges Christians to fully participate in this dialogue, thereby shaping their faith by reading deeply, reflectively, and in community with others who share their uncertainty. Only then, he advises, will Christians be able to read and understand the Bible without losing their faith.

John Dominic Crossan received a Doctorate of Divinity from Maynooth College, Ireland, in 1959, and did post-doctoral research at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome from 1959 to 1961 and at the École Biblique in Jerusalem from 1965 to 1967. He was a member of a thirteenth-century Roman Catholic religious order, the Servites (Ordo Servorum Mariae), from 1950 to 1969 and an ordained priest from 1957 to 1969. He joined DePaul University, Chicago, in 1969 and remained there until 1995. He is now a Professor Emeritus in its Department of Religious Studies. He was Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar from 1985 to 1996 as it met in twice-annual meetings to debate the historicity of the life of Jesus in the gospels. He has written twenty-seven books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity, and five of those books have been national religious bestsellers for a combined total of twenty-four months.

Praise for John Dominic Crossan:

“The works of John Dominic Crossan—learned, original, and often controversial—have stimulated some of the most intense discussion among New Testament scholars today.”

–Elaine Pagels.

“Flashes of genius . . . he writes with deep understanding and compassion.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Crossan is one of the most admired as well as one of the most controversial scholars of the New Testament in general and the life of Jesus in particular.”

Library Journal


How to Read the Bible & Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation. HarperOne, 2015. 272pp. Hardback. $26.99

Also by John Dominic Crossan:

The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus. Harper One, 1999. Paperback. $21.99

The First Paul: Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church’s Conservative Icon (w/ Marcus Borg). HarperOne, 2009. Hardback–$24.99/paperback–$14.99

God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now. HarperOne, 2008. Paperback. $13.99

The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer. Hardback. Reg. $24.99, SALE $12.99. Paperback. Reg. $13.99, SALE $9.99.

The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant. HarperOne, 1993. Paperback. $19.99

In Parables: The Challenge of the Historical Jesus. Polebridge Press, 1992. Paperback. $14.95

In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom (w/ Jonathan Reed). HarperOne,2005. Paperback. $19.99

Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography. HarperOne, 2009. Paperback. $14.99

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem (w/ Marcus Borg). HarperOne, 2007.   Paperback. $13.99

The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction about Jesus. Harper One, 2012. 272pp. Hardback. Reg. $25.99, SALE $9.99

The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N. T. Wright in Dialogue. Fortress, 2005. Paperback. $19.00

The Message of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III in Dialogue. Fortress, 2013. Paperback. $25.00

Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus. HarperOne, 1996. Paperback. $15.99

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