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Women, resurrection, topics of USC Hall lectureship

Yale University theologian Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins will give a series of talks under the theme, “Paul Transformed,” March 31 – April 1 for the University of South Carolina’s 16th annual Nadine Beacham and Charlton F. Hall Sr. Visiting Lectureship in New Testament and Early Christianity.

Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins
Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins

All events are free and open to the public. The Hall lectureship is one of the premiere lectureships of the College of Arts and Sciences.

On Thursday, March 31, Collins will deliver the major Hall lecture, “The Transformation of Paul’s Instructions about Sexuality and the Role of Women in the Church,” at 8 p.m. in the university’s campus room of Capstone Hall.

Collins, the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation in Yale’s Divinity School, will explore Paul’s positions on the topics of marriage versus celibacy and the role of women in the church.

“Paul’s teaching on women affirmed certain kinds of female leadership but within a traditional hierarchical framework,” Collins said. “He emphasized, however, ‘in Christ’ men and women are interdependent.”

Earlier that day, she will speak at 10 a.m. at the 16th Annual Ecumenical Clergy Day for Protestant ministers, Catholic priests and Jewish rabbis at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The talk is titled “The Transformation of Paul’s Apocalyptic and Eschatological Ideas and Expectations.”

On April 1, Collins will give her final lecture at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. The talk, titled “The Transformation of Paul’s Conception of the Resurrection Body,” will examine why Paul argued that the resurrection body would be a “spiritual body.”

Collins is one of the most distinguished New Testament scholars in the country, says Dr. Donald Jones, USC professor emeritus of religious studies.

She serves on editorial boards of the “Journal for the Study of the New Testament,” “Biblical Interpretation” and the “Catholic Biblical Quarterly.” A prolific author, Collins has written numerous books, including “Mark: A Commentary” in the Hermeneia commentary series, “Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism”; “The Beginning of the Gospel: Probings of Mark in Context”; “Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse”; and “The Combat Myth in the Book of Revelation.”

The Hall lectureship is held each year the week before Palm Sunday. It was established by alumnus Charlton F. Hall Jr. (1959, business administration), owner of Charlton Hall Galleries Inc. of Columbia, in honor of his parents.

For more information about the 2011 Hall lectureship, call 803-777-4100, or visit http://www.cas.sc.edu/relg/.

Hall lecture

  • What: 16th annual Nadine Beacham and Charlton F. Hall Sr. Visiting Lectureship in New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Who: Yale University theologian Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins to deliver lecture
  • When:
    Main lecture -- Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m.;
    Annual Ecumenical Clergy Day lecture -- Thursday, March 31, 10 a.m.;
    Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary lecture -- Friday, April 1, 10 a.m.
  • Where:
    Main lecture -- Capstone Hall, Campus Room;
    Annual Ecumenical Clergy Day lecture -- Trinity Episcopal Cathedral;
    Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary lecture -- Stavros Lecture Hall

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Posted: 03/24/11 @ 11:00 AM | Updated: 03/24/11 @ 11:18 AM | Permalink