“Historical evidence actually exists for many details in the gospel accounts, however, it is often dismissed by biblical scholars as ‘poetic embellishments,’ such as the darkness on the day Christ died,” said Dr. Eugenia Scarvelis Constantinou. “I have been a member of the State Bar of California since 1985. As an attorney, I spent a great deal of time studying medical reports and explaining injuries to people who had no medical training.”
On March 30th, Wednesday evening, Dr. Constantinou described her approach to the bible in a way that appeals to the mind of 2022 Americans at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church, Flushing, NY. “Abraham, Isaac, and Jesus: Christ’s Fulfillment Old Testament Prophecies” was presented to an audience of over sixty-five persons. Her new book THE CRUCIFIXION OF THE KING OF GLORY: THE AMAZING HISTORY AND SUBLIME MYSTERY OF THE PASSION was sold out. One participant bought three copies to give as gifts. Prominent persons who attended included: President Mrs. Athena Kromidas and Dr. John G. Siolas of the High Council for Greek Education in the U.S. of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; clergy staff; business and education leaders and parish members. The clergy of St. Nicholas Shrine Church in Flushing are Rev. Protopresbyter Paul C. Palesty Rev. Presbyter Aristidis Garinis. For more information, contact the church on Facebook.
“One of the most perplexing stories in the Bible is God’s request to Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. This event, known as the Akeda, has been endlessly discussed,” the speaker explained. I had no idea of the political implication of Pontius Pilate being accused of not being a “Defender of Caesar.” She explained Roman politician Sejanus, the Roman empire’s rule of justice that many of us never heard of. Many learned and gained a new perspective on our Judaic-Christian heritage, which has molded Western civilization.
“My background and expertise are very broad and put me in a perfect position to analyze and present information from many different fields,” she said in a prior interview about her new book “The Crucifixion of the King of Glory” with this writer. “In this book, I explain the injuries Christ experienced and their effects in a way that people can understand. My Master’s thesis for Harvard Divinity School was “Roman Criminal Trial Procedures in the Provinces During the First Century” and my knowledge of Roman law and criminal procedure has been incorporated into this book. As a biblical scholar and professor, I have been immersed for decades in the Greco-Roman world and Second Temple Judaism of the first century. I have read and accessed the work of scholars in these fields as well as Jewish and pagan writings from that time period. I also value and take seriously the witness of early Christians who remembered what happened to Christ, understood it, and preserved their perspective and explanations in the writings of the early Church.”
In our interview, The author explained “This book relies on documents and scholarly books and articles from various fields, including first-century Roman and Jewish law and culture, medicine, sociology, history, botany, numismatics, archeology, and biblical studies. The book also contains many historical clarifications and insights about events that the gospels do not explain, such as why Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple, why Christ was pierced by the soldier, or why Pilate was afraid to sentence Jesus to death and yet ultimately did so. The Crucifixion of the King of Glory brings together all of my experience and knowledge – acquired over the course of forty years – to offer a unique analysis of the Passion of Christ in a way that is engaging, fascinating, accurate, but not overly technical. The book consists of relatively short chapters in which I chronicle and explain the story of the Passion in a way that is fresh, easy to understand, makes the story come alive and gives everyone a greater appreciation of the Passion of Jesus Christ.”
Dr. Eugenia Constantinou holds several degrees in theology including Master of Theology degrees from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Université Laval where she specialized in the Apocalypse in the ancient Church of the East. Dr. Constantinou has taught theology and biblical studies for many years at the University of San Diego and at four graduate schools of theology, including Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
“Dr. Jeannie” has attracted an international following through her two long-running podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio “Search the Scriptures” and “Search the Scriptures LIVE!” both of which can be found at ancientfaith.com and at orthodoxbiblestudy.info. She is the author of Thinking Orthodox: Understanding and Acquiring the Orthodox Christian Mind. Her most recent book. The Crucifixion of the King of Glory: The Amazing History and Profound Mystery of the Passion, has just been released by Ancient Faith Publishing.
“Dr. Constantinou can close Lions’ mouth in arguments,” said Rev. Paul C. Palesty. “She is a trained lawyer who convinces people to the Orthodox faith. I am her Spiritual Father.” This journalist has a secular perspective, unschooled in theology. I follow the late Patriarch Athenagoras’ philosophy: “We are deceived, and we sin, if we think that the Orthodox faith came down from Heaven and that all [other] creeds are unworthy. Three hundred million people have chosen Islam in order to reach their god, and other hundreds of millions are Protestants, Catholics, and Buddhists. The goal of every religion is to improve mankind”1 Dr. Constantinou presented a legal, factual viewpoint in this historic lecture.