At 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong will give a lecture titled “The Crucifixion: An Interpretive Portrait” as part of his week-long lecture series, “Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy.” This lecture will analyze the way the Gospel of Matthew depicts the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. Specifically, Spong will examine how Jews would understand the crucifixion and the symbolism behind it. He does not argue that the crucifixion is not literal, but rather that it is a story full of symbolism that is based on a very Jewish pattern. Spong argues that understanding its Jewish context can alter the interpretation of the crucifixion’s symbolic elements. Photo by Carolyn Brown.
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