Conversations: Myths of the Bible Your Teacher Didn't Discuss


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jan 15 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Conversations Series
Discussion and Q&A
Run Time:90 minutes (approximately)


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to announce the fourth program in its "Conversations" series for the 2020 season. This series features distinguished professors from Northern Arizona University who are experts in their areas. Using a conversational format, the speakers will address controversial ideas, issues and topics, followed by Q&A. Please join us for an evening of intellectual banter, compelling discussion, and in some cases controversial dialogue. 

The next event in the monthly “Conversations” series will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D Fisher Theatre. The featured speaker is Jason BeDuhn, PhD. His subject for the discussion is “Myths of the Bible Your Teacher Didn’t Discuss”. The discussion will be moderated by Sheila Nair, PhD, Professor of Political Science at NAU, and Elliott Greenberg.

Where did the content of the Bible come from, how did it end up in there, and how has it been understood by Jews and Christians down through the centuries?  Dr. BeDuhn will introduce and talk about both unfamiliar myths in the Bible, and myths about the Bible that still hold sway.  We will explore the ways that even academic biblical studies still has a hard time freeing itself of entrenched ways of thinking about the Bible. 

Dr. BeDuhn is a Professor of the Comparative Study of Religion at NAU, and until recently the only professor of Biblical Studies at Arizona’s three state universities.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Westar Institute (the “Jesus Seminar”), and as an advisor to UNESCO’s Silk Road Project.  Dr. BeDuhn has written books on The First New Testament, Bible translation, Augustine of Hippo, and Manichaeism, and works on editing and translating ancient manuscripts.  His many articles explore the close historical interconnections between religions of the Middle East and Central Asia. 

Future "Conversations" series programs will include:
• February 12: Sex, Intimacy, and the Senior Citizen
• March 18: Global Warming
• April 15: Not Your Guru"s Buddhism
• May 20: Power Politics and US China Relations