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December 2020

Case Library Conversations • Constructing the Messiah: Waiting, Hoping, for the Messiah

December 6 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Constructing the Messiah Waiting, Hoping, for the Messiah   Phil Stevens Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus University at Buffalo, SUNY Join via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85344319475 The 1st-century Jews had been subject to foreign authority ever since the end of David’s kingdom in the 8thCentury BC.   The development of Christianity shows many of the standard elements in what anthropologists call a revitalization movement, a concerted organized effort by an oppressed people to establish a better life for themselves. Phil Stevens is an Elder at…

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Case Library Conversations • Constructing the Messiah: Constructing the Story of Jesus, the Hero

December 13 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Constructing the Messiah Constructing the Story of Jesus, the Hero   Phil Stevens Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus University at Buffalo, SUNY Join via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85231292791 Paul and the Gospel writers collated and shaped a composite narrative from disparate bits of oral tradition.  A strong influence was the classical model of The Hero.  In 1934 the British folklorist Lord Raglan described 22 traits that are here applied to Jesus, whom the Gospels show to be the greatest Hero since Moses.…

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Case Library Conversations • Constructing the Messiah: Who Were the Magi, and What Was that Star?

December 20 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Constructing the Messiah Who Were the Magi, and What Was that Star?   Phil Stevens Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus University at Buffalo, SUNY Join via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88990403711 Many attempts to explain aspects of this beloved story have been offered, including 20 papers delivered at a three-day international conference in 2014.  We will consider a very different perspective, involving the influential reputation of Cyrus the Great of Persia, who liberated the Jews from Babylon and was given messianic attributes by…

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Holiday Break – WECP Closed

December 24, 2020 - January 1, 2021
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo

WECP will be closed for the holidays from Thursday, December 24 to Friday, January 1.

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January 2021

Martin Luther King Day – WECP Closed

January 18, 2021
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo

WECP is closed for Martin Luther King Day.

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