Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom

March 8-9, 2019
Edmond, Oklahoma

In this workshop we will explore what we as scholars can know about the Jesus of History, both what he said and what he did. An exciting picture of a human being closely connected to God emerges. There will be ample time for questions.

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Photo of Joanna Dewey

Joanna Dewey (Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union) is the Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr., Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books including The Oral Ethos of the Early Church (2013) and Mark as Story (3rd ed., 2012).

Stephen Patterson

Stephen J. Patterson (Claremont Graduate School) specializes in the study of the historical Jesus, Christian origins, and the Gospel of Thomas, an early Christian gospel not found in the New Testament. Most recently he has written about the theological significance of the newest phase in the quest for the historical Jesus. He is the Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

Program Details

Who Was Jesus?

The church has worshiped Jesus as the Second Person of the Trinity, the Divine Son of God for nearly two millennia.  But with the emergence of the historical method, academic scholars have sought for the Jesus of history rather than the Christ of the creeds.  Scholars have produced two competing pictures of the historical Jesus: Jesus as the prophet of the coming apocalypse and Jesus as the subversive sage.

(Stephen J. Patterson)

Friday evening, 7:30–9 pm

Saturday Session I:  Jesus was not just a talking head. He practiced a way of life and invited others to share in that way of life—a way of life based on healing, eating, and community. In an oppressed subsistence economy such as first century Galilee, health and adequate food were basic needs all too often absent. Jesus gathered a joyous community around himself.

(Joanna Dewey)

Saturday, 9:30–10:30 am

Saturday Session II: Parables figure prominently in the teaching of Jesus, yet their meaning has been obscured by the church’s habit of allegorizing them.  Understood within Jesus’ cultural environment, his parables provide us with a glimpse of the world re-imagined.

(Stephen J. Patterson)

Saturday, 11 am – noon

Saturday Session III: This session will explore additional teachings of Jesus and also raise the question if Jesus also had a future expectation of God’s intervention. (Joanna Dewey)

Saturday, 1:30–2:30 pm

Questions and Answers

Saturday Session IV:  Apocalyptic and Wisdom traditions will be traced in other early Christian texts followed by Question and Answer time.

(Stephen J. Patterson)

Saturday, 3–4 pm


Edmond Trinity Christian Church

Local Contact and Information

All events at:

Edmond Trinity Christian Church

1400 NW 178th St, Edmond, OK 73012

For local information, contact:

Don Heath
[email protected]


All Sessions

  • Individual Rate $75
  • Pre-registration Rate (by Feb 22) $60
  • Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions

  • Friday Evening Lecture $20
  • Saturday Morning Workshop $30
  • Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.