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|ULM hosts renowned scholar|
Géza Vermes — one of the first scholars to examine the Dead Sea Scrolls after their discovery in 1947 — will be a distinguished guest of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Monroe in September.
Vermes visited University of Louisiana-Monroe Wednesday to meet with students of a master's level history class focused on biblical lands. He will deliver a free public
lecture from 7-8 p.m. in Biedenharn Recital Hall on Sept. 24.
Vermes authored the standard translation into English of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The scrolls were a collection of manuscripts that shed new light on the Bible story.
Perhaps his most significant contribution to the academic world was the publication of "Jesus the Jew," the first of a trilogy that provoked many scholars and non-scholars alike to re-examine the central figure of Christianity.
"The Resurrection" is a more recent work, in which Vermes uses his trademark textual analysis to separate fact from myth.
"I wanted to explain exactly what the New Testament does tell us about the resurrection," he said in a recent interview.
"People usually rely on others to interpret the gospels for them and St Paul's assertion of the physical resurrection has become a cornerstone of Christianity for many people. If Jesus didn't rise from the dead, then faith is rubbish."
Vermes was born a Jew, converted to Christianity, became a Catholic priest, and then 20 years later, re-affirmed himself as a Jew.