Please do consider joining us at the 2016 C. K. Barrett Public Lecture, ‘The Letters of John and the Cult of Artemis in Ephesus’, with Professor Paul Trebilco (University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand).
When: Thursday, 12 May, 2016, 7:00 pm (Coffee/Tea from 6:30pm)
Where: Kingsley Barrett Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre (Lower Mountjoy/Science Site), Durham University
What: The New Testament letters of John (associated with the city of Ephesus) use the phrase ‘from the beginning’ ten times, with the stress on ‘antiquity’ or ‘foundations’. This resonates with the foundation stories of the worship of the goddess Artemis in Ephesus: ‘looking back’ to antiquity was a vital part of Ephesian identity. This sets a vivid historical and social context for John’s comments on ‘what was from the beginning’, which for him referred to the one true ‘foundation story’ concerning the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.