Rethinking Series

Rethinking Early Christian History: Did Jesus answer fan mail?

with Dr. James Corke-Webster

The Abgar Legend tells the story of the King of Osroene, who (it's said) got into a correspondence with Jesus. Are these letters real?

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If you are rich and suffering from serious illness today, you can afford to call in the best doctors from around the world. Now go back 2000 years, and imagine being ill when mortality rates were much, much worse. What if you heard of a miraculous Palestinian preacher handing out healings? You'd write to him as soon as possible. But would he write back?

Join James Corke-Webster in this stunning talk on the Abgar Legend, the story of the King of Osroene who not only wrote to Jesus asking to be cured but who received a letter – and more – in return. Maybe. Are these letters real? And if not, why were they invented?

Originally hosted live at The Garden on 10/7/2021

Talk outline

Duration

50 minutes

What to expect

30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Dr. James Corke-Webster

Dr James Corke-Webster is a Senior Lecturer in Classics, History and Liberal Arts, and Co-Director of the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies.

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