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The first concert in the Dean's Songwriter Series at Duke Divinity School will feature legendary singer-songwriter Pierce Pettis and his daughter, acclaimed musician Grace Pettis. The free concert is open to the community.
The aim of the series sponsored by Divinity School Dean Richard Hays is to invite songwriters whose work expresses Christian faith to perform at the school, engage in conversation about their craft of songwriting, and reflect on the themes articulated in the poetry of their lyrics.
Pierce Pettis, who has released nine albums, and his daughter Grace typify the American folk tradition. Both he and his daughter have won the New Folk Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
The elder Pettis is known for his thoughtful, poetic lyrics, as well as his earnest, warm voice. He was a member of the “Fast Folk” movement in New York in the mid-1980’s, and has been writing and releasing solo albums ever since. His latest is titled “That Kind of Love” (2009). His daughter has released two albums and has received numerous accolades in her career, including being awarded Best Song honors on NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for “Nine to Five Girl.” Her second album, “Two Birds,” was released last September (2012).
"How to Plan the Best Bible Study You've Ever Been To" Talk and Luncheon for Students with Mark Lanier
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Duke Divinity School will hold a free pizza luncheon for students on "How to Plan the Best Bible Study You've Ever Been To" with Mark Lanier,who teaches a more than 750-member Sunday School class weekly at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
Lanier is the founding attorney of Lanier Law Firm in Houston and was described by The New York Times as "one of the top civil trial lawyers in America." He also founded the Lanier Theological Library, one of the nation's largest private theological collections and host of lectures by top theologians and biblical scholars.
Duke Divinity School Dean Richard Hays and the Divinity School will hold a community reception and lecture on "Theology and Disability, and the Friendship House Initiative" featuring Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, at the school.
The dessert reception will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the lecture and discussion at 7:30 p.m.
Parking will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage.
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The Office of the Dean and the Office of Communications at Duke Divinity School will host a public lunchtime panel discussion on the formation of scriptural imagination.
Divinity School panelists will be: Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology; Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics; and Richard Hays, dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament. Greg Jones, senior strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School and a professor of theology, will moderate.
"The Idols of Chaldea: Daniel in Deutero-Isaiah's Babylon" with Old Testament Faculty Candidate Jennifer Barbour
Duke Divinity School will hold a public lecture, "The Idols of Chaldea: Daniel in Deutero-Isaiah's Babylon" with Old Testament faculty candidate Jennifer Barbour, assistant professor of religion at Amherst College.
The lecture will trace the work of the collector who framed the Aramaic tales of Daniel within a narrative setting offered by the book of Isaiah, and will ask how the monotheism of the later book re-interprets the classic idol-polemic of its closest scriptural source.
Steinmetz Lecture, "Revisiting 'The Demise of Biblical Civilization': History and Theology in America, 1865-1918" with Mark Noll
Duke Divinity School will sponsor the 2012-2013 David C. and Virginia Steinmetz Lecture featuring Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., lecturing on "Revisiting 'The Demise of Biblical Civilization': History and Theology in America, 1865-1918."
Noll will explore strains arising in North American Christianity during this time period related to the Protestant emphasis on “scriptura sola,” or appeal to Scripture as the sole source of authority for Christian life and teaching.
Duke Divinity School will hold a public lecture, "Threshing Floors: Sacred Spaces in the Old Testament," by Old Testament faculty candidate Jaime L. Waters, a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University.
The lecture will examine several sacred activities that take place on threshing floors.
"A 'Muscular' Jesus? Masculinity and Self-Control in the Lukan Passion Narrative" Lecture with Faculty Candidate Brittany Wilson
Duke Divinity School will hold a public lecture, "A 'Muscular' Jesus? Masculinity and Self-Control in the Lukan Passion Narrative" with New Testament candidate Brittany Wilson, visiting assistant professor of New Testament at the school.
The lecture will focus on Jesus' crucifixion in the Gospel of Luke to determine whether Jesus fits the Greco-Roman profile of a "manly man." According to Luke, Jesus' death does not conform to elite constructions of a "manly," self-controlled martyrdom. Jesus instead emerges as God's "suffering servant," who redefines the parameters of power and masculinity on the cross.
"'The Rulers of This Age' and Paul's Political Theology" Lecture with Faculty Candidate Robert Moses
Duke Divinity School will hold a public lecture, "'The Rulers of This Age' and Paul's Political Theology," by New Testament faculty candidate Robert Moses, who received his doctorate in New Testament at Duke University in 2012 and is an admissions recruiter with the Office of Admissions at the school.
In I Corinthians 2:6-8 of the Bible, Paul asserts that "the rulers of this age" crucified Christ. This lecture will focus on the identity of the rulers and Paul's refusal to explicitly identify Rome as the executioner of Christ throughout his letters, which has serious political implications.
Kenneth Clark Lecture Series, "Of Bridegrooms and Virgins: Jesus and Jewish Women" with Amy-Jill Levine
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Duke Divinity School will sponsor the second and final lecture in the 2013 Kenneth W. Clark Lecture Series featuring Amy-Jill Levine speaking on "Of Bridegrooms and Virgins: Jesus and Jewish Women."
Levine is the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. She is also an affiliated professor with the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge, U.K.
The professor holds a B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. Levine also has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, and Christian Theological Seminary.
Her recent books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight). With Marc Brettler, she edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford).
A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, Tenn.