Dr. Margaret Mitchell, professor of New Testament and early Christian literature in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, will give the 20th annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures at Abilene Christian University on Nov. 9. Mitchell's lectures will focus on "Looking for Biblical Literalism - in All the Wrong Places." The lectures will be at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building, room 130.
Mitchell will discuss what it means to interpret the Bible in the "literal sense" and explore the nature of Bible interpretation in early Christianity and today. The afternoon lecture will focus on "Case 1: Antioch in Late Antiquity," and the evening topic will discuss "Case 2: The 'Christian Right' in Modern America," said Dr. Jeff Childers, Carmichael-Walling Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity.
"Dr. Mitchell will compare ancient interpreters such as Eustathius and John Chrysostom at Antioch, with those who seek to shape American culture in a strictly biblical image today - such as Jerry Falwell, Richard Land and others in the Internet face of the 'Christian
Right,'" said Childers.
Along with teaching in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, Mitchell has written numerous articles. Her publications include, Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation: An Exegetical Investigation of the Language and Composition of 1 Corinthians (1993), The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation (2000), and The 'Belly-Myther of Endor:' Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in The Early Church (forthcoming).
The Carmichael-Walling Lectures, sponsored by ACU's Graduate School of Theology, are designed to present current scholarship in New Testament and early Christian studies. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
For more than a decade some of the world's leading scholars have come to ACU to deliver the Carmichael-Walling Lectures, including Tjitze Baarda, University of Amsterdam; Bruce Metzger, Princeton Theological Seminary; Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University; James VanderKam, University of Notre Dame; and David Parker, Birmingham, England.
For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Childers in the Graduate School of Theology at 325-674-3797.