Lecture focuses on biblical theology and contemporary culture
RELEASED: April 6, 2006
DANVILLE, KYThe Centre College religion program will host a lecture titled "Virtual Cathedral: Scripture as Sanctuary and Commentary as Hypertext" by Dale Martin, Woosley Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University. The free public lecture will take place on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in 101 Young Hall on campus. (NOTE: Convocation credit is NOT offered for this lecture.)
Martin believes that candidates for the ministry are often miseducated in using the Bible. He argues that the Bible needs to be placed within the broader cultural context, both historically and contemporarily, in order to rediscover its relevance. Martin will provide an assessment of how seminaries and divinity Schools can improve in this area.
"Martin's work provides valuable insight into the intersection of modern biblical scholarship and contemporary culture," says David Hall, assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Centre. "His current work promises the rejuvenation of theology for the Church of today," Hall continues.
Martin specializes in New Testament and Christian origins, including attention to social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1999, he taught at Rhodes College and Duke University.
Martin's books include: Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity; The Corinthian Body; and Inventing Superstition: from the Hippocratics to the Christians. He was an associate editor for the revision and expansion of the Encyclopedia of Religion, published in 2005, and he has published several articles on topics related to the ancient family, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, and ideology of modern biblical scholarship.Martin has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Lilly Foundation, the Fulbright Commission (USA-Denmark) and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
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