Karen King: "Reimagining the World: The Gospel of Mary"

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Ptarmigan Foundation Lecture Series on Early Christianity and the Ancient World

When early followers wrote narratives about Jesus, they were not just telling his history, they were engaged in reimagining the world. Four of these gospels came to be in the Bible but other stories were written in the early centuries as well. One of these is the Gospel of Mary, attributed to Mary Magdalene. In elaborating on her encounters with Jesus after his crucifixion, it offers new insights into the importance of storytelling for the religious imagination.

Speaker Karen L. King was appointed to the Divinity School in 1997 and from 2003 to 2009 served as the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In October 2009, she became the first woman appointed as the Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721).

The Ptarmigan series was established in 2014 to support academic programming dedicated to the study of religion during the period of Late Antiquity. The series aims to bring together scholars from within religious studies, as well as from related fields such as classics, philosophy, history, and art history, to share perspectives on religion, philosophy and culture during this formative period.

Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford Humanities Center, Department of Classics, and Department of Religious Studies. Learn more