The New Testament contains multiple versions of the life and teachings of Jesus. Bart Ehrman, the author of Jesus, Interrupted, says they are at odds with each other on important points regarding the life, death and divinity of Jesus.
Rabbi Burton Visotzky of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Since 1987 he's led seminars on the Book of Genesis. The seminars gained a following. Novelists, poets, editors, filmmakers, CEOs, and attorneys attended the sessions to understand the relevance of Genesis to modern life. The New York Times described the seminarv as "the best conversations in New York City." Bill Moyers did a 10-part PBS series on Visotzky's seminar.
Bible Scholar James Kugel is a professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard and Professor of Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He's the author of the new book "The Bible As it Was" (Harvard University Press). In it, Kugel reconstructs the Old Testament from ancient times, as it was understood by the first readers, and then traces the interpretations that follow.
Theologian and author Rev. Peter J. Gomes. He has written the new book "The Good Book: Reading The Bible with Mind and Heart." Gomes is black and gay, and brings a unique and sometimes controversial interpretation to the Bible. He has been a minister at Harvard University's Memorial Church since 1974. Time Magazine called him "one of the seven best preachers in America."
Rabbi Burton Visotzky teaches at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Since 1987 he's been leading seminars on the Book of Genesis. The seminars gained a following among novelists, poets, editors, filmmakers, CEOs, and attorneys. The New York Times described the them as "the best conversations in New York City." His new book is called The Genesis of Ethics: How the Tormented Family of Genesis Leads Us to Moral Development.
The journalist talks with Terry Gross about his new PBS 10-part series "Genesis: A Living Conversation." The series will premier Wednesday, Oct 16th on many PBS stations. It also has the companion book "Genesis: A Living Conversation." The TV show features writers, theologians and artists discussing the first book in the bible.
Bishop John Shelby Spong. In his newest book "Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes" he reveals how Christians have misread the Gospels by ignoring the Jewish traditions which the New Testament grew out of. Spong has attracted controversy from the Christian community for his challenges of traditional views on women, sexual morality, and gays.