The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Ellen Davis to Discuss Biblical Prophecy at DuBose Lectures

Guerry Auditorium,

Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., will be the guest lecturer at the 2013 DuBose Lectures on Oct. 31. The annual DuBose Lectures and Alumni/ae Gathering were endowed by an initial gift from the Rev. Jack C. Graves and substantially increased by a gift from Miss Margaret (Peggy) A. Chisholm of Laurel, Miss., and New York City. The lectures memorialize William Porcher DuBose, second dean of The School of Theology. These lectures focus on a topic of wide appeal in the church.

The theme of her lectures is "Biblical Prophecy and Perspectives for Contemporary Ministry"

  • Lecture 1, 9:30 a.m. — "Destroyers of the Earth: Economic Critiques of Empire"
  • Lecture 2, 2:30 p.m. — "Out of Chaos, Against Complacency: Prophetic Arts of Peacemaking"

Both lectures will be held in Guerry Auditorium.

Davis' lectures will highlight prophetic voices in both Testaments that provide theological perspectives essential for the faithful Christian living and the work of ministry. The first lecture will focus on critiques of two ancient commercial empires, Tyre (Ezekiel) and Rome (Revelation), critiques that still address an incisive word to our own culture. The second lecture will focus on the poetry of Jeremiah alongside the work of contemporary artists (visual and verbal) and explore how artists may exercise a unique service to the faith community, by shaking us out of complacency, framing images of realistic hope, and sowing the seeds of peace even in the midst of war and other kinds of social chaos.

The author of eight books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations. Her most recent book, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009), integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production. Her other publications include Wondrous Depth: Old Testament Preaching (Westminster John Knox, 2005); Who Are You, My Daughter? Reading Ruth through Image and Text (Westminster John Knox, 2003), an annotated translation accompanying woodcuts by Margaret Adams Parker; Getting Involved with God: Rediscovering the Old Testament (Cowley, 2002); and The Art of Reading Scripture (Eerdmans, 2003), co-edited with Richard Hays.

She has long been involved in inter-religious dialogue and is now cooperating with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture. A recent Washington Post article sheds light on her work and research.

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