Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker, the pastor at Wilton Baptist Church, will discuss his recent book
James in Postcolonial Perspective
. His book discusses how two first century CE Jews,
both followers of Jesus, negotiated Jewish identity in relation to the Roman Empire. James, Jesus's brother, argues for a "pure" Jewish identity while confronting Roman assimilation. Paul, a controversial figure in the early Jesus movement, accommodates Greco-Roman culture in ways that put him at odds with James. They both are anti-Roman and attempting to answer the question, what does it mean to be a Jew? This should be an exciting conversation with Rev. Dr. Coker, who wrote this book in our own library here at Temple B'nai Chaim!