By Barb Arland-Fye
DAVENPORT — Two St. Ambrose University theologians hope to foster discussion about the relevance of the Bible to modern social issues with the St. Ambrose Conference on Bible and Justice scheduled May 30-June 2. In addition, Micah Kiel and Matthew Coomber, assistant professors of theology, envision the international conference as promoting bridges between the academic study of the Bible and various endeavors for a just world.
A first for the university, the conference brings together scholars, clergy, students and advocates of justice from around the world to explore these areas pertaining to the Bible and justice: empire, gender, poverty and the environment.
Keynote speakers are Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of Harvard University, a pioneer in feminist biblical interpretation; Richard Horsley of the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a distinguished professor of liberal arts and the study of religion; Elsa Tamez of Latin American Biblical University, Costa Rica, a Mexican biblical scholar and pioneer of Liberation Theology; and David Horrell of the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, a professor of New Testament Studies.
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