Posted on February 14, 2017 by Chester Ronning Centre

On Wednesday, March 8, from 2:15 – 4:45 pm, join us in the Roger Epp Room (Augustana Campus, 2nd floor) for a Symposium on the topic of The Role of the Bible in Postsecondary Education. Our distinguished panel includes Dr. Ehud Ben Zvi (Alberta), Dr. InHee Berg (Concordia), Dr. Brian Doak (George Fox), Dr. Anne …

On Wednesday, March 8, from 2:15 – 4:45 pm, join us in the Roger Epp Room (Augustana Campus, 2nd floor) for a Symposium on the topic of The Role of the Bible in Postsecondary Education. Our distinguished panel includes Dr. Ehud Ben Zvi (Alberta), Dr. InHee Berg (Concordia), Dr. Brian Doak (George Fox), Dr. Anne Moore (Calgary), and Dr. Ian Wilson (Augustana). This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP. Refreshments will be served. Full biographies of all five symposium panelists can be viewed below.

Symposium description: The Bible, as with all religious scripture, maintains its status through its continuous interpretation within and by a society. The Bible has been particularly influential in North American social life. In university education, for example, it has historically held a privileged place. Its position and import in the university, however, are no longer taken for granted. What can and should be the Bible’s role in the contemporary university? What are the major challenges faced by scholars of the Bible in different institutional contexts? Drs. Ben Zvi, Berg, Doak, Moore, and Wilson will share their thoughts on the Bible in postsecondary education today, bringing unique pedagogical and institutional perspectives to the discussion.

Dr. Ehud Ben Zvi is a retired professor in the dept. of History & Classics at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has authored, edited and co-edited more than thirty volumes and written numerous essays primarily on ancient Israel, its intellectual history, social memory, historiography, and prophetic books. He explores the ways in which ancient Israelites construed their past and the significance of these images of the past for them. His recent work has focused, though not exclusively, in matters of Social Memory in late Persian/early Hellenistic Israel. He currently serves as the president of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and Member of Council at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). He has served as president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS), head of the International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) of the SBL, president of the Pacific Northwest American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature and was the founding editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and the founding co-editor of the SBL series Ancient Near East Monographs (ANEM/MACO), both open access. He has organized, chaired and co-chaired numerous research groups.

Dr. Inhee C. Berg is the chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Concordia University of Edmonton. She holds a doctoral degree in Biblical Studies and a masters degree in Classics. She authored the book, “Irony in the Matthean Passion Narrative” and her other book, “The Social Minorities in Early Christianity” is forthcoming. Her research focuses on rhetorical-literary criticism of the New Testament, social-scientific approach to early Christianity in the Greco-Roman world, Jewish-Christian relations, and religions and classical literature

Dr. Brian Doak (PhD, Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University, just outside of Portland, Oregon. He is the recipient of the Aviram Prize for archaeological research (2012) as well as the George Fox University Undergraduate Researcher of the Year (2014). He is the author of three books—Phoenician Aniconism in its Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern Contexts (SBL Press, 2015); Consider Leviathan: Narratives of Nature and the Self in Job (Fortress, 2014); The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel (Ilex Foundation/Harvard University Press, 2012). He lives just outside of Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Anne Moore is an Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Religion at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include: Religion and Film; Christian Origins, and Reception of the Bible in Late Antiquity. She is currently President of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature and Vice-President of the Canadian Society of Coptic Studies.

Dr. Ian D. Wilson teaches religious studies at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus, where he is also Associate Director of Programming at the Chester Ronning Centre. His work has appeared in publications such as Harvard Theological Review and Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and he recently co-edited the volume History, Memory, Hebrew Scriptures (Eisenbrauns, 2015).


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