Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Two New Poems of Sappho

Two new poems of Sappho have been found and a preliminary translation released here. The poems are in a fragment dating to 2nd and 3rdCentury CE which may have come from Oxyrhynchus. An article in Daily Beast on the find gives an indication of scholarly reaction:

“The new Sappho is absolutely breath-taking,” said Albert Henrichs, a Harvard classics professor who examined the papyrus with Dr. Obbink. “It is the best preserved Sappho papyrus in existence, with just a few letters that had to be restored in the first poem, and not a single word that is in doubt. Its content is equally exciting.” One of the two recovered poems, Prof. Henrichs notes, speaks of a “Charaxos” and a “Larichos,” the names assigned by ancient sources to two of Sappho’s brothers but never before found in Sappho’s own writings. It has as a result been labeled the Brothers poem by Prof. Obbink.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Prof Catherine Keller --Union Theological Seminary Feb 3rd 7pm "Eco-Theological Uncertainty and Planetary Entanglement"

Forrest Church Memorial Lecture Featuring Feminist Theologian: 
Dr. Catherine Keller
Introduced by Dr. James Cone
Catherine Keller
Monday, February 3, 2014Reception: 6:00 p.m.Lecture: 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Catherine Keller is Professor of Constructive Theology at the Theological School of Drew University. In her teaching, lecturing and writing, she develops the relational potential of a theology of becoming. Her books reconfigure ancient symbols of divinity for the sake of a planetary conviviality—a life together, across vast webs of difference. Thriving in the interplay of ecological and gender politics, of process cosmology, poststructuralist philosophy and religious pluralism, her work is both deconstructive and constructive in strategy. She is currently finishing Cloud of the Impossible: Theological Entanglements, which explores the relation of mystical unknowing, material indeterminacy and ontological interdependence.
Union Theological Seminary is proud to host the Fourth Annual Forrest Church Memorial Lecture. This annual series honors The Rev. Dr. Forrest Church and his extraordinary legacy of leadership as a Unitarian Universalist theologian and as a leading voice for liberal religion in public life in the United States and abroad.
Registration is required. RSVP online!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Feb 4th 7.00pm Colm Toibin, Testament of Mary, 192 Books: 10th and 21st, NYC

Tuesday, February 4
An Evening with
The Testament of Mary
(Scribner, 2012)
Available in Paperback on February 4, 2014
Upon the paperback release of The Testament of Mary, 192 Books is honored to host one of our favorite and perennially best-selling authors for an evening of reading and conversation. Feel free to bring a full range of questions and comments for our renowned guest.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney lectures on Women Prophets and Royal Women in Israel, March 10-11, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

Susan Draper White Lectures in Women’s Studies
Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, M.Div., Ph.D.
MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014, 7:30 PM 
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014, 11:00 
Bigelow Chapel

Wil Gafney
Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
March 10 - "Women of the Word: Women Prophets
and Scribes in and around Biblical Israel
March 11 - "She Reigns: The Royal Women of Israel
and Judah and the Israelite Queendom
The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is an associate professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Her course offerings include: Heroines, Harlots and Handmaids: the Women of the Hebrew Scriptures and Prophetic Constructions, which explores prophets who do not have canonical books attributed to them, including better-known prophets such as Miriam and Elijah, along with lesser-known prophets such as the woman with whom Isaiah fathered a child.
Her approach to teaching the Hebrew Scriptures includes emphasizing archaeology, comparative ancient Near Eastern literature and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Her interest in the ancient Near Eastern and biblical portrayals of Lilith and other night-stalking creatures led to her participation in two HBO documentaries on the origin and evolution of vampire mythologies, True Bloodlines: Vampire Legends and True Bloodlines: A New Type in 2008, airing before the series premiere of True Blood.
Dr. Gafney is an ordained Episcopal priest and a member of the historic African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. Founded in 1792, it is the first Episcopal church in the U.S. founded by and for African Americans. More...
Fee: The lectures are free and open to the public.
Registration: Register online or contact Renee Flesner, 651.255.6138.
More Information: Call 651.255.6137 for more information about the lecture series or the speaker.
This endowed lectureship was established by Priscilla Braun ’83 in memory of her grandmother, Susan Draper White, for the presentation of two annual lectures in the area of women in religion, theology, and ministry. It is the major public event offered through the seminary’s Women’s Studies program.
Lecturers have included Eunjoo Mary Kim, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Mary Farrell Bednarowski, Jane Dempsey Douglass, Nancy LEieslandMarie M. Fortune, Rita Gross, Beverly Harrison, Mary Hunt, Ada Isasi-Diaz, Karen Lebacqz, Barbara K. Lundblad, Joretta L. MarshallJoyce MercerMary Elizabeth Mullino Moore, Damayanthi Niles, Judith Plaskow, Marjorie Procter-Smith, Letty M. Russell, Marjorie H. Suchocki, Emilie M. Townes, and Renita J. Weems.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Elaine Pagels at Trinity Wall Street Sunday Jan 12th at 10.00am

Revelation: Prophecies that Provoke

The Epiphany series of Discovery classes begins this Sunday with leading theologian Elaine Pagels talking about the Book of Revelation. Don't miss this chance to see Pagels speak about a subject she wrote about at length in her 2012 bookRevelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.
Throughout this Discovery series, a diverse group of leading scholars and teachers guide the exploration of this most challenging and influential biblical book. From Handel’s classic "Hallelujah Chorus" to the best-selling Left Behind novels, The Revelation to John has fired imaginations for centuries while keeping its secrets in enigmatic images and evocative poetry. Written in turbulent times, it continues to exert its fascination in periods of upheaval and change, like our own.
Time and Location
Sundays | 10am | 74 Trinity Place (the office building behind Trinity Church)

January Schedule


Elaine Pagels: The Book of Revelation and Its Time

Mary Callaway: Of Dragons, Whores, and Saints: The Story Behind the Images in The Book of Revelation
Sergey Trostyanskiy: Prophecy and Heresy: The Eastern Orthodox View on Revelation

Podcast Conversations with contributors to Borderlands of Theological Education

 Just thrilled that our podcast conversations with contributors to Borderlands of Theological Education are available here: https://podcast...