Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lecturer in Early Christianity at UCLA





I start a new full-time position as Lecturer in Early Christianity at UCLA this year. I'm teaching two new classes this quarter - on two favorite topics - Religion and Violence and Religion in Los Angeles. The former is a smaller seminar held in Royce Hall and the latter a large (100+) course surveying the diverse religious landscape of LA - in the ideal setting and place, especially since I researched and wrote a documentary film on just that topic (Finding God in the City of Angels). Looking forward to teaching a History of Religion course in the winter and two courses on Christian origins in the spring.



Thursday, September 13, 2018

Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins - The Bible Today




Donald Senior reviews Jesus, the Essenes, and Christian Origins“In this marvelous work Simon Joseph . . . offers a detailed, well-researched, and eminently balanced assessment . . . Joseph’s judicious study of this complex relationship not only addresses this ongoing question but also throws light on the origin and development of early Christianity in its own right.”