On the eve of the release of the film, the Athenaeum will host a panel of Biblical and religious studies scholars. While this panel will not serve as a review of the film, its members will discuss the texts used to bring this story to the silver screen. The panelists will examine how the source texts are used and interpreted and the effects they have today in interfaith relations. They will also discuss the historical accuracy of the texts and examine the origin of the gospels and their use in the early church.
This expert panel is comprised of scholars from a variety of backgrounds who use different methods of interpretation. Claremont McKenna College participants in the discussion include Gary Gilbert, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies; Steve Davis, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy; Robert Faggen, professor of literature; and John Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy. The panel also includes Michael Berenbaum, adjunct professor of theology at the University of Judaism, Los Angeles, and Jeff Siker, professor of theological studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.