This is part 3 of the Dead Sea Scroll lecture series by Dr. Travis Williams, Tusculum College. The King University Philosophy and Religion department hosted this series and the video linked below. Please join us as we continue through our journey of understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (Contributed by King University) – Author and professor Brent Strawn will present two lectures on the topic of “The Difference between the Right Word (of God) and Almost Right Word (of God): On the Nature of Holy Scripture” on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series. The first lecture will take place at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel; the second lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the King University Student Center Board Room. The events are co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.
“We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Brent Strawn joining us for this year’s program of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture.” states Shannon Harris, interim director. “Dr. Strawn is a much sought after speaker, and agrees to limited engagements due to his busy schedule. If you are interested in the Bible’s relationship to our lives, then you will not want to miss Professor Strawn.”
The Rev. Dr. Brent Strawn is a professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where he has taught since 2001. Dr. Strawn specializes in the Bible through its ancient and contemporary contexts. He is a prolific writer and popular speaker on ancient Near Eastern iconography, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israelite religion, comparative Semitic philology, legal traditions of the Old Testament, and Old Testament theology.
Brent Strawn takes preaching and teaching the content of the Bible seriously. As he states, “Catchy series or kitschy themes designed to hook a congregation may do more harm than good if they don’t lead us into a deeper, more sustained knowledge of scripture, “the Book of God,” the one we should live our lives by. Less sermon illustrations from camp or the grocery store are in order, and more exegesis of the text called for—if, that is, we care about creating Christians who are fluent in what should be their native tongue, who know what to say when they are ‘on stage,’ as it were, because they’ve memorized their scripture.
“Religion and politics are two of the most important and interesting things to talk about,” Strawn says. “So much of the Bible is about sociopolitical realities.”
Strawn is editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law” (2014), editor of “The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness” (2012), and co-editor of both the “Common English Bible” (2010) and “Psalms for Preaching and Worship: A Lectionary Commentary” (2009). He also is on the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and the Journal of Biblical Literature.
Strawn has appeared on CNN and Fox News Atlanta. He has published articles in journals such as The Asbury Theological Journal, The Journal of Biblical Literature, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Teaching Theology and Religion, Homiletic, Journal for Preachers, Journal of Theological Interpretation, Biblica, Theology Today, Revue Biblique, and Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha.
Strawn received his Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene College and his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. both from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (North Georgia Conference).
Brent Strawn will speak at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, Oct. 19, and again at 7 p.m. at the King University Student Center Board Room. The events are open to the public and free to attend. Visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at email@example.com, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.
This is part 2 of the Dead Sea Scroll lecture series by Dr. Travis Williams, Tusculum University. The King University Philosophy and Religion department hosted this series and the video linked below. Please join us as we continue through our journey of understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Much has been made of Norman Maclean’s “little novel” since its publication in 1976. Even though Maclean insisted to the very end of his life in both written word and speech that his brother’s death remain a tragedy, many literary critics have resolved the tension of Paul’s death by attributing reductionist theology to the novel and Maclean. I want to suggest that this kind of “theological” thinking not only resolves a tension not to be removed by the narrator, but even more so, misreads the overarching trajectory of the novel. Maclean, rather, explores the darkness resident within a beautiful man who had mastered art and grace, not the darkness abiding in a failed and damned brother. A River Runs Through It traces the raw nature of tragedy–never to be resolved and never completely understood.
Now that fall is here again, we begin our Fall retreat for the KU fly fishing class tomorrow. We will fish, eat good food, sit by the fire, tie flies, and think through A River. I wrote this essay for Imaginatio et Ratio a few years ago: