On Saturday evening, April 20, Bible Student Elder, David Stein will lead a round table discussion on this topic. Joining him will be the three Early Watchtower Historians below:
Jim Parkinson: Bible Scholar, Translator and early Watchtower Historian
Eric Patterson: Since first going online in 1996, Eric Patterson’s Pastor Russell website has been seen by 20 million people worldwide. Pastor-Russell.com has been noted in numerous media and academic sources. Eric Patterson has written the article on Charles Taze Russell for Wikipedia, and contributed heavily to the article on Judge Rutherford.
Tom Gilbert: Editor of Charles Taze Russell: His Life and Times–The Man, the Millennium, and the Message, A Biography by Fredrick Zydek. This book raises questions, which are answered in Charles Redeker’s book, “Pastor Russell: Messenger of Millennial Hope.”
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These historians will discuss many aspects of Early Watchtower History, including:
* The earliest years (1870s) – How the Watchtower got started and when Bro. Russell first began publicly preaching Jesus’ invisible return in 1874.
* Transition years after Bro. Russell’s death. How Rutherford got control of the Watchtower and transformed it into an authoritative organization.
* When Rutherford changed key doctrines. I.e. Ransom for all, Jewish Return to Israel, Meaning of 1914, etc.
* July 15, 2013 Watchtower Study Issue on New Light – What does it mean in light of early Watchtower history?
Interestingly, in JF Rutherford gives his famous “Advertise, Advertise, Advertise” speech on Sept 8, 1922 in Cedar Point, OH. The 2011 JW movie, “Faith in Action” gives the impression that he refers to Jesus reign beginning in 1914. However, in the Nov 1, 1922 Watchtower, page 332, detail of this discourse by JF Rutherford he says (paraphrasing) Jesus has been present since 1874, has since conducted the Harvest Work and during that time he fed the household of faith through a Faithful and Wise Servant [referring to Charles Taze Russell].
TELEPHONE CONFERENCE CALL INSTRUCTIONS:
Conference Call Phone #: (267) 507-0240.
After connecting dial: 991337
Date: April 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm Central and 4:00 pm West Coast
How to participate:
4 * – Self-Mute Line (toggle)
5 * – Raise Hand for Q&A