Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza in North Carolina

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina is to host a lecture by Elizabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. These details are from their website:
Harvard University Professor Dr. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza will present the Mary Frances Preston Lecture in Biblical Studies at Meredith College on Tuesday, February 13th at 4 p.m. in the Seby & Christina Jones Chapel. The title of Fiorenza’s lecture will be “The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire.”

Fiorenza is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of Biblical interpretation and feminist theology. She is the Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Her teaching and research focus on questions of Biblical and theological epistemology, rhetoric and the politics of interpretation, as well as on issues of theological education, radical equality and democracy.

Fiorenza is a co-founder and editor of the “Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion” and a co-editor of “Concilium,” an international journal of theology.

She was elected the first woman president of the Society of Biblical Literature and has served on the editorial boards of major Biblical journals and societies. In 2001, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her published work includes In Memory of Her, which has been translated into 12 languages; Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation; and Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation. In June 2007, she will publish her latest work, The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire.

The Mary Frances Preston Lecture in Biblical Studies is made possible by funding initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Barham, Jr. Preston was the author of the textbook Christian Leadership, and director of religious education at the First Baptist Church of Raleigh for 19 years. This year’s lecture was also presented with the support of the Staley Lecture Fund.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A small reception will be held after the lecture in the Jones Chapel Common Room.

For more information, contact the Meredith College Department of Religion and Philosophy at (919) 760-2361
Thanks to Joel Marcus for the notice.

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