the Glass Darkly: Reading the New Testament in a Postmodern
Wayne A. Meeks, the 2010-11
William Allan Neilson Chair of Research, will give three
lectures this fall, all at 4:30
p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.
"The Myth of the
Self-Interpreting Text: Communities Making Scripture Making
Communities may be created by
sacred texts evolve in communities. What is the social and
cultural process by which this dialectic works?
"Naming Jesus: History, Midrash,
The earliest followers of Jesus
struggled to find appropriate images to say who Jesus was—to themselves
and others. Comparison with other movements of the time helps
us to understand this process better.
and Fall of Historicism—and
What Do We Do Now?"
Confidence that scientific history
could determine what the New Testament means has been severely
shaken in recent decades. If history can't answer our questions,