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Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Fretheim Lecture

April 10, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation

“We, They, and All in Paul’s Letter to the Romans”
Lecture by Beverly Roberts Gaventa

North American society is becoming increasingly fractured, and faith communities are not immune from the effects of these deepening divisions—both within and beyond the borders of traditional religious institutions. But what if the Bible has something to say about this moment of fragmentation? Join renowned New Testament scholar, Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, as she explores Paul’s most famous letter—Romans—and how his use of words like “we” and “they” might prove surprisingly helpful in our polarized context.

This lecture will be livestreamed. Dr. Gaventa will also be speaking in chapel at Chapel of the Incarnation at 11 a.m., Wed., April 11.

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Bonus: Luther Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning is offering a three-day KAIROS course, "Faith and Ministry in an Age of Anxious Groaning," that features Dr. Gaventa along with Luther Seminary Bible faculty, including Arland Hultgren, David Fredrickson, Craig Koester, Dirk Lange, Lois Malcolm, and Matt Skinner).

Beverly GaventaBeverly Roberts Gaventa

Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University
Professor Emerita of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

Beverly Roberts Gaventa joined the Baylor faculty in 2013. She previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Seminary, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. She has been active in a number of professional societies, including Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Theological Association. She has served on a number of editorial boards and lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. 

Past lecture

Dennis Olson, Charles Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J., delivered the 2016 Fretheim Lecture on Apr. 19, 2016.

“My God, Why? The Variety of Biblical Responses to Human Suffering”