Duke Initiatives for Theology and the Arts (DITA) will hold a special lecture by Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, on the “Biblical Interpretation of The Saint John's Bible” at 12:15 p.m. at Duke Divinity School in Room 0016 of the Westbrook Building. The also will be a panel discussion featuring Patella later that day at 7 p.m. in Duke's Rubenstein Library titled "The Saint John’s Bible and Duke’s Medieval Texts." Both are open to the public.
Registration is not required for the lecture or panel discussion, which are part of an exhibition on The Saint John's Bible on display in Duke Chapel from Jan. 17 to March 8. Sponsored by DITA, the exhibition is free and open to the public during the chapel’s regular operating hours.
A Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minn., Patella is a professor of New Testament and teaches in both the undergraduate theology department and the graduate School of Theology at Saint John's University, where he serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program.
Patella earned a License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. He has published on the topics including Luke, Mark, Paul, angels, and demons, art, and theology, as well as written for The Bible Today and Give Us This Day.
His most recent book, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, the fruit of his work as chair of the Committee on Illumination and Texts for The Saint John’s Bible, won the Catholic Press Association’s award in the biblical-academic category. Currently, he is writing the commentary on the Gospel of Luke for the next revision of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.
Contact DITA for more information.