Kampen lectures on ‘fake news’ about the Pharisees


John Kampen will present a faculty lecture, “Matthew and the Pharisees: History or Fake News?” at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. March 29 in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware.

Kampen, professor in MTSO’s Dunn Chair in Biblical Interpretation, will apply a sectarian analysis to portions of Matthew Chapter 5, which chronicles the Sermon on the Mount. He will show that common perceptions of Pharisees, rabbis and synagogues in first century Judaism are inaccurate.

An eminent scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament and Jewish history, Kampen is published widely on subjects as diverse as the Gospel of Matthew, anti-Semitism and African-American use of the Bible.

Live video of this lecture will be offered at www.livestream.com/accounts/2709489.


Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Engage with MTSO through Facebook and Twitter (@MTSOedu).

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