Lecture Series - Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh: Why Those Gifts?
January 04, 2021
If you are unable to attend the live session, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lecture to view in your own time (from around four hours after it takes place).
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh: Why Those Gifts?
It was in the fourth century AD that the early Church had to ‘invent’ an appropriate imagery, such that a sceptical Roman elite could comprehend its message via potent image as well as gospel text. The story of St Matthew’s wise men, not long afterwards surprisingly upgraded to kings with related biographies, is remarkable. It encompasses the ancient spice trade, the expansion of the Roman Empire and the extraordinary journey made by the early Church from persecution, to toleration and on to total dominance of the Roman world. Tom Duncan has long been fascinated with this theme so please join him as he journeys from the southern Arabian peninsula by way of Egypt, Petra, ancient Rome, and Ravenna on what will be, by coincidence the Feast of the Epiphany!
Format for Lecture
Tom will give a one-hour illustrated lecture. During the lecture you will have the chance to submit written questions which Tom will answer at the end - if time permits.
You will not need to download any software and the lecture will work in any browser. For the best experience use a desktop or laptop - but it will also work on an iPad or similar tablet.