Public Lecture recording

As you saw in our previous blog post, Professor David Tombs from the University of Otago delivered a public lecture recently here at Auckland TheoRel on the subject of ‘Acknowledging Jesus as Victim of Sexual Abuse’. The lecture considered the crisis of sexual violence in contemporary culture, focusing particularly on the theological implications of Jesus’ own suffering of sexual abuse during his crucifixion.

David was kind enough to let us record the lecture and share this recording for those unable to attend. To listen to this audio recording, follow this link. There is a Q&A session at the end of the lecture which lasts around 25 minutes. You may not be able to hear the audience’s questions, but David’s responses will allow you to work out what questions were being asked!

David Tombs

Public lecture

Theology at Auckland is delighted to be hosting Dr Christopher Parr from Webster University, St Louis, when he visits Auckland next week to deliver a public lecture here in the School of Humanities. Dr Parr is a Kiwi, who now lives and works over in the US, where he teaches East Asian Religions. He also has an interest in religion as it stands in relation to political conflicts, international cultures, literature and the arts, and media and popular culture. His lecture promises to be fascinating, so please do come along.

Religions as Maps of Reality: An Approach to Understanding Religion(s) for use in Multiple Disciplinary Contexts

Dr Christopher Parr, Webster University

Tuesday 10 June, 12-1pm, Lecture theatre 209, Level 2, Arts 1 Building (14 A Symonds Street, Auckland)

Religions have not disappeared (as the secularization thesis and many earnest atheists have forecast) – instead, numerous aspects of contemporary life are profoundly affected by religious commitments, histories, and conflicts. Dr Parr will show that the model of religions as ‘maps of reality’ can enable academic disciplines, not least those traditionally inimical to religion, to take religious adherence into account, and cope with it productively. He will relate this model to literature and the visual arts, international politics, and the health sciences, and then invite the audience to raise other academic and intepretive contexts in which to test the model’s applicability. He will also propose this model as instructive for Religious Studies itself.


Meyers Lecture – reminder

A reminder that tomorrow, we are hosting two very distinguished scholars – Professors Carol and Eric Meyers from Duke University are visiting the University of Auckland and will be delivering a public lecture on 4 March at 6pm. Details below [and please note change of room].

Theology at the University of Auckland Public Lecture

Tuesday 4 March, 6pm

Venue: Arts 1, 14a Symonds Street, room 220 (206-220)

Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present

Professors Carol Meyers and Eric Meyers (Duke University, North Carolina)

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Archaeology is commonly understood as the study of human life in the past by analyzing the material remains of the past. But it is not usually recognized that the archaeological quest for the past is inevitably shaped by the excavators’ present. Professors Carol and Eric Meyers will use four case studies to illustrate the intersection between the discoveries at ancient sites and the pressures of the modern world. They will first present the stunning mosaics of the Beth Alpha synagogue in the context of the early Jewish settlement of the “Promised Land.” Then the excavations of Hazor, the largest biblical-era site in Israel, will be set against the background of the early days of the State of Israel. Next, the ruins atop the towering plateau of Masada near the Dead  Sea will be considered in light of the nationalist loyalties of the excavators. Finally, the discoveries at Sepphoris, a major Galilean city in the Roman and Byzantine periods, are viewed in relation to the turmoil in the Holy Land since the first intifada.

 CAROL MEYERS holds the Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion at Duke University. She is a specialist in biblical studies and archaeology, as well as in the study of women in the biblical world. Author of many books and articles in these fields, one of her most recent works is Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context (OUP, 2012). She is a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, serves on the board of directors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, and is immediate past-president of the Society of Biblical Literature.

ERIC MEYERS holds the Bernice and Morton Lerner Chair in Jewish Studies at Duke University. His specialties include biblical studies and archaeology with a focus on the Second Temple and Greco-Roman period. His most recent publications include co-edited volumes Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, vol. 3 with Mark Chancey (Yale University Press, 2012) and The Pottery from Ancient Sepphoris (Eisenbrauns, 2013) with Carol Meyers. He is the past three-term president of the American Schools of Oriental Research.