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Through the Glass Darkly: Reading the New Testament in a Postmodern World

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.

September 27

"The Myth of the Self-Interpreting Text: Communities Making Scripture Making Communities."

Communities may be created by sacred texts—but sacred texts evolve in communities. What is the social and cultural process by which this dialectic works?

October 18

"Naming Jesus: History, Midrash, and Myth."

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.

November 8

"The Rise 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, what can?

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