David PaciniProfessor of Historical Theology David Pacini will lead a Disciple Scholars session on “Four Bibles, Four Christs” on Saturday, November 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Candler School of Theology. The event is open to all and is sponsored by the Bill Mallard Lay Theology Institute at Candler. The registration fee is $35; continental breakfast and lunch are included. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/ltifall2012.

About the Topic

The Christian claim to have “seen salvation” distinguishes it from Judaism and Islam. Based on Luke’s Canticle of Simeon, this claim acknowledges the redefinition of the boundaries between humans and God: God is incarnate in Christ. But how does one retell this “seeing” of “salvation”?

Surprising as it may seem, the four translations of the Bible that have most influenced Western culture and languages—Jerome’s Vulgate, The Erasmus/Luther Bible, the King James Bible, and the Enlightenment (Wertheim and Berleburger) Bible—each offer strikingly different visions of “seeing salvation.” Some prominent post-Enlightenment thinkers noticed these differences and began to sketch an understanding of the historical reception of Christ. Although largely overlooked, their inquiry rivals, if not surpasses, the so-called “Quest for the Historical Jesus” with which we are more familiar.

This session will explore differing biblical images of Christ and their historical representations in art and architecture that offer different ways of “seeing salvation” and of seeing ourselves as fully human before God.