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Biblical scholar offers annual lectures at VU

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A renowned Biblical scholar who is a leader in a movement to re-assert the importance of the community of faith in reading the Scriptures will present the annual Gross Lectures at Valparaiso University on Nov. 8-9.
The Rev. Christopher Seitz, author of the forthcoming book “The Character of Christian Scripture: Two Testaments and the Rule of Faith,” will present two lectures on campus.
On Nov. 8, he will discuss “Without Excuse? Paul and the Human Condition” in the Harre Union Ballroom at 8 p.m. On Nov. 9, he will discuss “How to Talk to Strangers: Colossians as Test Case” in the Harre Union Brown and Gold Room at 4:30 p.m.
Both lectures are free and open to the public.
George Heider, chair of Valparaiso University’s Department of Theology, noted Seitz recently has written widely on New Testament topics – such as the two letters of St. Paul that will be discussed in the Gross Lectures – in keeping with an interest in reading the Christian Bible as a whole. This tradition dates back to the early church, but is growing in its impact within modern studies of the Bible.
Seitz is a research professor of Biblical interpretation at the University of Toronto’s Wycliffe College. He has taught at the University of St. Andrews, Yale University and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and is the author of several books and many articles on the interpretation of the Old and New Testaments and theological hermeneutics. Seitz is an ordained priest who has served parishes in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Germany and Scotland and as president of the Anglican Communion Institute.
The Gross Lectures, established at Valparaiso University in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Gross in memory of Walter’s parents, initially involved a series of five lectures given annually during the first week of Lent treating in some way the topic of “relationship of man and God.” Later, the emphasis shifted to present work of Christian theological significance by a scholar.
For more information, call 464-5000, or visit www.valpo.edu.

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