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Dr. Stephen J. Patterson to deliver Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies at Columbia College
Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Dr. Stephen J. Patterson, professor of the New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, will deliver the 2007 Schiffman Lecture in Religious Studies, "The Jesus Seminar Mutiny: How Scholarship, Beads and a Little Pluck Sparked a Revolution in the Search for the Historical Jesus." The lecture will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11 in Dorsey Chapel on the Columbia College campus.

Patterson specializes in the study of Jesus and Christian origins and is a renowned author and contributing essayist and editor for several publications including "Forum;" "The Journal of Biblical Literature;" "The Journal of Religion;" "Journal of the American Academy of Religion;" "Theology Today;" "Bible Review" and "Harvard Theological Review."

Patterson has appeared as a guest of numerous television and radio programs, including documentaries airing on the A&E Network, the Discovery Channel, The History Channel and the National Geographic Channel. Patterson also is featured in the popular educational series, "Living the Questions."

Patterson holds a bachelor's degree from Yankton College in Yankton, S.D., and a master's degree from Harvard University, as well as a master's degree and doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. Patterson was a 1986 Fulbright Fellow at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Founded in 1851, Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year through its 32 Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and Day Campus.