Emory professor to speak at Millsaps


“How the Bible is True” is the subject of this year’s Summers Lecture at Millsaps College.

Luke Timothy Johnson of Candler School of Theology at Emory University will present the free, public lecture which calls for a renewal of imaginative reading of Scripture to counter the tendency of historical criticism and literalism to reduce the scriptural basis of faith. The lecture is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall.

The lecture will be accompanied by a series of other events:

• A 10 a.m. a pre-lecture discussion of “Issues in Contemporary Biblical Studies” in the Ford Academic Complex, Room 215, led by religious studies faculty
• A 12:45 p.m. lunch in the Leggett Center and responses from four religious scholars will follow the lecture. Lunch is $5 or you may bring your own.
• An open Q&A session with Johnson at 2 p.m. in the Leggett Center.

Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, where he has taught since 1992. His research interests include Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity, particularly moral discourse.

Attendance at all activities is required to receive ½ CEU credit. For information, contact the Religious Studies Department at 601-974-1334 or e-mail Steve Smith at smithsg@millsaps.edu.