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“Was Jesus Married, Really? The Latest on Mary Magdalene and Other Women Around Him”

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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"Films and novels, works of art  and scholarly books had already prepared us. So, when six years ago an ancient papyrus fragment written in Coptic told the world that Jesus called Mary Magdalene "my Wife", we were all ready to believe it. Later emerged clues in favor of the writing being a forgery, but the question remained: Was Jesus Married? And who were all the women who traveled with him?

Three scholarsProf. Edmondo Lupieri, Loyola University, Chicago; Prof. Alberto Camplani, “Sapienza” University of Rome; Prof. David Creech, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, discuss the historical and literary evidence regarding Jesus's marital status.

An alumnus of the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Edmondo Lupieri taught at the universities of Rome, Turin, and Udine, and presently holds the John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair in Theology at Loyola University, Chicago. He has published a number of books and articles on New Testament, Early Christianity, Christian and non-Christian Gnosticism, various phenomena of religious Syncretism involving Christian elements.

Alberto Camplani is professor of History of Christianity at “Sapienza University of Rome”, Syriac literature in “Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum”, and New Testament philology and exegesis in the “Catholic University of Milan”. Since 2013 he is director of Adamantius. Annuario di Letteratura Cristiana Antica e di Studi Giudeoellenistici. His researches concern early Christianity in Syriac and Coptic language (Bardaisan, Aphrahat, Athanasius, Timothy Aelurus), episcopal institutions in Late Antiquity, Gnostic and Hermetic texts.

David Creech is Assistant Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in theology from Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Creech earned a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has written several articles and a monograph exploring the many varieties of early Christianities and their relationship to text and tradition.

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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


Currently active in all the major cities of the five continents, the ninety Italian Cultural Institutes serve as an ideal meeting place for intellectuals, artists, and cultural operatives, as well as for ordinary citizens, both Italian and foreign, who wish to establish or maintain a relationship with our country. By acting not only as a showcase and source of current information on Italy, but also as a driving force behind initiatives and projects of cultural cooperation, the Italian Cultural Institute has become a focal point for both the Italian communities abroad and the growing demand for Italian culture throughout the world.

By extending the role of Embassies and Consulates, the Italian Cultural Institutes offer the most effective tools for promoting a worldwide image of Italy as a center of production, preservation, and dissemination of culture from the Classical Age until today. Along with organizing cultural events in a vast array of areas, including art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, and photography, the Italian Cultural Institutes:

  • Offer the opportunity to learn Italian language and culture through the organization of courses, the management of libraries and the preparation of educational and editorial materials;
  • Provide the networks and the premises to facilitate the integration of Italian operators in the process of cultural exchange and production at an international level;
  • Provide information and logistic support to public and private cultural operators, both Italian and foreign;
  • Continuously support initiatives aimed at promoting an intercultural dialogue based on the principles of democracy and international solidarity.
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