Forming Scriptural Imagination

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Duke Divinity School hosted a panel discussion on the topic “Formation of Scriptural Imagination” on Monday, Feb. 11. Participants included Richard Hays, Dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament; Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology; and Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics. The discussion was moderated by Greg Jones, professor of theology and senior strategist for leadership education.

In his state of the school address delivered to faculty, staff, students, and other Divinity School constituents, Dean Hays identified the formation of scriptural imagination as essential for the renewal of the church. The panel discussion provided an opportunity for the Divinity School community to hear the Dean and other faculty explore this topic in more depth, including what is meant by “scriptural imagination” as well as examples from the arts, preaching, and international contexts. Davis described the ways that scriptural imagination can be seen in her work in South Sudan, and Hauerwas reflected on the influence of Scripture on his work as a theologian.