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Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Summer Lecture Series 2014

Summer Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am. Mark your calendars for Glenn’s 2014 Summer Lecture Series—Reading Between the Lines: How Biblical Interpretations Shape Our Faith.  On Sundays from June 1st thru August 10th, Adult Sunday School classes will again combine for a summertime line-up of guest speakers from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.  Coffee & continental breakfast, nursery care, and children & youth Sunday School activities provided.
June 1 Dr. Carol Newsom
A Rewritten Bible?

What we know as the Old Testament only became “scripture” over several hundreds of years. But as the Pentateuch (Genesis–Deuteronomy) came to be regarded as more or less “fixed,” a curious form of writing began to develop that has been described as a “rewriting” of the Bible. These compositions ranged from simple paraphrases or summaries to retellings that included new episodes or significant recastings of familiar stories. Or, they might take a familiar biblical story and develop a whole new narrative, quite different from the biblical predecessor. What were these new compositions? Were they intended to displace older scriptures or just to complement them? Were they like our practice of writing Bible stories and making Hollywood Bible movies? Or were they something different?

June 8 Dr. Brent Strawn

The Common English Bible: The Translation Journey  - part 1

June 15 Dr. Brent Strawn The Common English Bible: The Translation Journey  - part 2
June 22 Dr. Andrea White Wrestling with Divine Discourse - part 1
June 29 Dr. Andrea White Wrestling with Divine Discourse - part 2
July 6 Fellowship Brunch Bring your favorite nut-free side brunch dish to share!
July 13 Dr. Pat Graham
Exploring the Early Printed Bible – with examples from the Special Collections of the Pitts Theology

Before Gutenberg’s Bible, translations of the biblical text were copied by hand at great cost. With the invention of printing with movable type, it became possible to print and distribute the Bible far more quickly and at only a fraction of the cost. This class session will explore the topic and illustrate it with examples of early biblical manuscripts and several of the earliest translations of the Christian Bible from the Special Collections of the Pitts Theology Library.

July 20 Dr. Pat Graham
500 Years of Illustrating the Bible –From the 15th century biblical texts to modern comic book

While a prominent feature of contemporary religious publishing is the graphic or comic-book Bible, attempts to illustrate the printed biblical text with pictures goes back to the fifteenth century.  In this illustrated presentation we will look at the variety of ways this was done and its potential to both illuminate and confuse. 

July 27 Dr. Tom Elliott Wesley's Way of Interpreting Scripture
August 3 Dr. Joel LeMon Music Shaping our understanding of Scripture - part 1

August 10 Dr. Joel LeMon Music Shaping our understanding of Scripture - part 2
Dr. Carol Newsom's current research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. In 2009, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen in recognition of the body of her academic work, most notably her scholarship in Old Testament theology and her innovative work transcribing, translating, and providing commentary on the Dead Sea Scrolls. She also received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham-Southern College in 2006.

Dr. Brent Strawn has a special interest in ancient Near Eastern iconography, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israelite religion, comparative Semitic philology, legal traditions of the Old Testament, and Old Testament theology. He has published articles in journals such as Revue de Qumran, The Asbury Theological Journal, The Journal of Biblical Literature, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Ugarit-Forschungen, Teaching Theology and Religion, Homiletic, Journal for Preachers, Journal of Theological Interpretation, Biblica, and Journal for the Study of the PseudepigraphaDr. Strawn is on the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. With a background in the Church of the Nazarene, he is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Dr. Andrea White specializes in constructive Christian theology, womanist theology, and postmodern religious thought with research interests especially in the doctrine of God, theology of otherness, womanist perspectives on theological anthropology, and the relationship between philosophy and theology. Her book projects include The Back of God: A Theology of Otherness in Karl Barth and Paul Ricoeur and Black Women's Bodies and God Politics: A Womanist Theology of Personhood. Dr. White has received several research grants and fellowships, including The Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Minority Scholars and the Lilly Theological Research Faculty Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools. She is an ordained American Baptist minister.

Dr. Pat Graham is director of the Pitts Theology Library and has research interests in the interpretation of 1 and 2 Chronicles and the history of Old Testament research. He is past president of the Board of Directors of the American Theological Library Association and has chaired accreditation committees of both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools. He is the author of one book, co-editor of nine others, and has written more than 40 articles and numerous book reviews. Dr. Graham is an ordained minister in the Churches of Christ and serves as a trustee of the Northlake Church of Christ.

Dr. Tom Elliott is an elder in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Elliott served as the pastor of town, rural, and suburban churches for 26 years. His work focuses on Wesleyan studies, polity, evangelism and mission, and contextual education.

Dr. Joel LeMon's research focuses on the Psalms, Hebrew and Ugaritic poetry, and ancient Near Eastern history, literature, and art. He is the author of Yahweh’s Winged Form in the Psalms (Academic Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Method Matters (with Kent H. Richards, Society of Biblical Literature, 2009). LeMon was a recipient of a Lilly Theological Research grant. He is an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church.


Suggested reading:

Harper, Steve. Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition. Nashville: The Upper Room, 1983.

Knight III, Henry H. Eight Life-Enriching Practices of United Methodists. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001.