E.G. Weltin Lectures in Early Christianity

The Legacy of E.G. Weltin

E. G. Weltin retired from full time teaching after a long distinguished career as professor of Greek and Roman history and Director of the Program in Religious Studies at Washington University. Upon retirement a lectureship in early Christian history was established in his honor by gifts from his students. Over the past 25 years, the Weltin lectures have brought distinguished scholars of early Christianity to campus for what has become one of the most anticipated events in the Religious Studies academic year. To learn more about the impact of the Weltin Lecture visit: A professor’s lasting impact.




2019-2020 Weltin Lecture

Paul Gutjahr
Ruth N. Halls Professor of English; Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities, and Undergraduate Education, Indiana University

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
4:00 pm
Women’s Building Formal Lounge

More information coming soon!

Past Lectures

"Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals"
Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt University)

"Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation"
Elaine Pagels (Princeton)

"The Digital Future of Early Christian Studies: Utopian, Apocalyptic, and Apocryphal"
Caroline T. Schroeder (University of the Pacific)

"Collaboration, Corruption, and Identity in the Wake of Persecution: Religious Conflict and Its Legacy"
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (UCSB)

"Paul and the Five Gospels: Multiple Origins of Early Christianity"
J. Albert Harrill (The Ohio State University)

'Rome' in the Nineteenth-Century Protestant Imaginary: American Professors, Ancient 'Pagans,' and Early Christianity"
Elizabeth Clark (Duke)

"Why the Church Did Not Reject Gnosticism"
David Brakke (The Ohio State University)

"St. Helia Talks Back: Christianity and the Feminization of Rhetorical Voice"
Virginia Burrus (Syracuse University)

"Iconoclasm as Discourse: From Antiquity to Byzantium"
Jas' Elsner (Oxford University)

"A Site of Blessings, Dreams, and Wonders: The Egyptian Saint's Shrine as Crucible of Christianization, ca. 400-700 CE"
David Frankfurter (Boston University)

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Thinkers in Abbasid Baghdad: Religion and Philosophy in the Circle of the Jacobite Christian Yahya ibn 'Adi (893-974)"
Sidney H. Griffith (Catholic University of America)

"Jesus as Exorcist and Healer"
Richard A. Horsley (University of Massachusetts, Boston)

"Lost Gospels and Rediscovered Christianities"
Bart D. Ehrman (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

"Who Are We Really? A Platonist's Contribution to Christianity"
Margaret R. Miles (Harvard University)

"What Parting of the Ways? Jews and the Christians in the Ancient Mediterranean City"
Paula Fredriksen (Boston University)

"When is a Text About a Woman a Text About a Woman: Dilemmas of a Feminist Historian of Women's Religions in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean"
Ross S. Kraemer (Brown University)

"The Image of the Invisible God in Early Christian Art"
Robin Jensen (University of Notre Dame)

"Poverty and Social Status in Paul's Churches: Prospects for a Demography of Pauline Mission"
Steve Friesen (University of Texas at Austin)

"Divine Sovereignty and Human Agency in the Theology of St. Augustine"
J. Patout Burns (Vanderbilt University)

"Medicine and Compassion in Early Christianity"
Gary B Ferngren (Oregon State University)

"The Doctrine of the Trinity: The Cappadocian Fathers and Today"
Bishop Kallistos Ware

"Two Mid-Third Century Bishops, Cyprian of Carthage and Dionysius of Alexandria: Congruences and Divergences"
Graeme Clark (University of Melbourne)

"Conscience Against Commonwealth and Church"
John Noonan Jr.

"Family Values? Women, Asceticism, and Roman Imperial Society"
Elizabeth Clark (Duke University)