Past Presenters

Richard Rohr

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Father Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar and ecumenical teacher who bears witness to the deep wisdom of Christian mysticism and traditions of action and contemplation. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) and academic Dean of the Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has lived since 1986. Full biography

Barbara Essex

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BJE Ministries, LLC is a ministry dedicated to show people how their connection with God through Jesus Christ liberates them from the past, connects them to others in the present, and empowers them for the future. Through preaching, workshops, retreats, and teaching, I show people the more excellent way of faith, hope, and love. Full biography

John Dominic Crossan

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John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago. He has written twenty books on the historical Jesus in the last thirty years, four of which have become national religious bestsellers: The Historical Jesus (1991), Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), Who Killed Jesus (1995), and The Birth of Christianity (1998). He is a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a former chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States. Full biography

Cynthia Chapman

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Prof. Cynthia Chapman is the Adelia A. F. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Professor of Religion and the Chair of the Jewish Studies Program Committee at Oberlin College where she has taught biblical studies for eighteen years. She is the author of The House of the Mother: The Social Function of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry (Yale University Press, 2016) and The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite-Assyrian Encounter (Eisenbrauns, 2004). Full biography

James Carroll

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James Carroll is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Cloister, which the New York Times called “Incandescent;” and nine works of non-fiction, including The Truth at the Heart of the Lie, published by Random House in March, 2021. Full biography

Amy-Jill Levine

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Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Graduate Department of Religion, and Department of Jewish Studies; she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Full biography

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