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Theology on Tap - 'Jesus of Nazareth: Is There Historical Evidence of His Life, Death, & Resurrection?'


“Who do you say that I am?”  This quote from Jesus recorded in the Gospels is in many ways the central question of history. But a similarly vital question is: Did the man asking, Jesus of Nazareth, actually live? What evidence, if any, do we have that such a man existed? Or were Jesus and the message of the New Testament simply works of literary fraud and fiction? This presentation focuses on archaeological evidence from Roman Palestine and historical documents suggesting that yes, in fact, Jesus of Nazareth as portrayed in the Gospels was a real, historical figure. Specific artifacts, sites, and relics are considered in light of scientific archaeology and Catholic Tradition, the Shroud of Turin, which is venerated as the burial shroud of Jesus Christ, being one of the most important.


Speaker Bio:
Geoffrey is currently a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at UW-Madison studying Biblical Archaeology. A native of Minneapolis, MN, he received his Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Classics and Anthropology in 2013 and received his Master’s in Anthropology in 2015, both from UW-Madison. A member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the American Schools of Oriental Research, Geoffrey has written several publications and numerous professional presentations on the archaeology of trade in the ancient Near East. He is currently a supervisor for the excavations of Khirbet Summeily, a 10th century BC Israelite outpost in the Negev Desert of Israel. Geoffrey is also the president and co-founder of Badger Catholic’s Fides et Ratio, a student group dedicated to the study of faith and reason in the Catholic intellectual tradition on campus.

What is Theology on Tap?

Theology on Tap is a monthly event, generally the fourth Thursday of the month, where 20s&30s are invited to join us for free beer and engaging talks by some of the leading thinkers, speakers, educators, innovators, and activists in the nation as they share their insights on various contemporary issues facing young adults today.

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