Lecture: The Conception of Jesus and the Documents from the Judean Desert

I have no idea who Hannah Cotton is but this lecture sounds interesting:

THE CONCEPTION OF JESUS AND
THE DOCUMENTS FROM THE JUDAEAN DESERT
Professor Hannah Cotton
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
The story of the nativity, the conception of Jesus, is found in only two of the Gospels: Matthew and Luke. Both versions have in common that Maria/Miriam was betrothed, but not married to Joseph, and that she was still a virgin when Jesus was conceived. Under rabbinic law, betrothal creates a legal status which only a deed of divorce can dissolve. But was rabbinic law practiced by Jews in Palestine already before its canonization in the second century CE? The papyri from the Judaean Desert tell us otherwise. Is the story of Jesus' conception to be dismissed as either fantasy, or a reflection of rustic Galilean practice, or even worse: is the subtext of the story in the Gospels an illegitimate conception? Do the Gospels reply to charges and allegations of adultery and Jesus' illegitimacy.

Its on this coming Monday, 30th August at 6.30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Murdoch Theatre A on campus at the University of Melbourne. See you there.