Join us for our 2014 Price Lecture Series, welcoming speakers Judy Fentress-Williams, Walter Brueggemann, and Jon Levenson. Trinity is also honored to host eminent lecturers on a variety of topics related to faith throughout the year. All lectures are open to all, and free of charge unless otherwise noted.
2014 Price Lecture Series
The Book of Ruth
Sunday, March 16
Judy Fentress-Williams, a professor of Old testament at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, addresses the fascinating and tender story of Ruth, the courageous Gentile woman who was one of the ancestors of Jesus. Fentress-Williams is currently writing a commentary on the Book of Ruth.
Dr. Walter Brueggemann is the most highly regarded American Old Testament scholar of his generation. He is the author of more than 50 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on Scripture. He is a brilliant lecturer, with penetrating insights and a winning sense of humor.
Saturday, March 29
Brueggemann will focus on the prophetic tradition of the Hebrew Bible and address all that led to the destruction of Israel’s Temple and nation in 587 BCE, and the Exile to Babylon that followed from that. He will also address the problematic nature of the Old Testament, with its difficult texts, and sometimes disturbing pictures of God.
Sunday, March 30
Brueggemann turns his attention to the metaphor of Exile, and help us to examine what that metaphor has to say to people of faith in the present, who often feel as if they are in “exile” due to the incomprehension and even hostility of many non-believing people in today’s world.
The Binding of Isaac, the Crucifixion, and Resurrection
Sunday, April 6
Does the God of the Bible demand sacrifice? Of Isaac? Of Jesus? And what picture of Resurrection does the Hebrew Bible offer? Come prepare for Holy Week as Professor Jon Levenson of Harvard helps us look deeply into these questions.
Levenson has been called “the most interesting and incisive biblical exegete among contemporary Jewish thinkers.” His writing has been honored with both the Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award and the National Jewish Book Award. Among his particular scholarly interests is Jewish-Christian relations, and the interpretation of Biblical themes that are shared by Christians and Jews.
Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Sunday, June 8
Join us as we welcome Charles Marsh, a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and director of the Project on Lived Theology. Marsh will discuss his latest book, Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Bonhoeffer was one of the most influential Christians of the twentieth century, a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and founding member of the Confessing Church. Several of his books – The Cost of Discipleship and Letters and Papers from Prison among them – have profoundly shaped Christian thinking and practice since the middle of the last century. Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews, which earned him martyrdom at the hands of the Nazi regime just weeks before the end of World War II.
Book signing to follow.