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Candida Moss presenting “God’s Ghostwriters: Enslaved Christians and the Making of the Bible” in conversation with DR. SHIVELY T.J. SMITH

March 26 @ 7:00 pm

 |  FREE


March 26
7:00 pm
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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515

God’s Ghostwriters

Harvard Book Store and Harvard University’s Committee on the Study of Religion welcomes CANDIDA MOSS—Edward Cadbury Chair of Theology at the University of Birmingham and award-winning author of Divine Bodies and Bible Nation—for a discussion of her new book God’s Ghostwriters: Enslaved Christians and the Making of the Bible. She will be joined in conversation by DR. SHIVELY T.J. SMITH—Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology and author of Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household.

About God’s Ghostwriters

For the past two thousand years, Christian tradition, scholarship, and pop culture have credited the authorship of the New Testament to a select group of men: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul. But hidden behind these named and sainted individuals are a cluster of enslaved coauthors and collaborators. Although they almost all go unnamed and uncredited, these essential workers were responsible for producing the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament: making the parchment and papyri on which Christian texts were written, taking dictation, and polishing and refining the words of the apostles. When the Christian message began to move independently from the first apostles, it was enslaved missionaries who undertook the dangerous and arduous journeys across the Mediterranean and along dusty Roman roads to move Christianity from Jerusalem and the Levant to Rome, Spain, North Africa, and Egypt—and into the pages of history. The influence of these enslaved contributors on the spread of Christianity, the development of foundational Christian concepts, and the making of the Bible was enormous, yet their role has been almost entirely overlooked until now.

Filled with profound revelations both for what it means to be a Christian and for how we read individual texts themselves, God’s Ghostwriters is a groundbreaking and rigorously researched book about how enslaved people shaped the Bible, and with it all of Christianity.