J. Albert Harrill on evidence for Paul in Rome

In a lecture delivered at Harvard Divinity School on November 12, 2015, Professor J. Albert Harrill (The Ohio State University) discusses the evidence and sources which might be employed to argue that Paul lived in Rome in the 60s CE.

 

Joel Kaminsky on whether the Book of Job sweeps away a mechanistic concept of divine retribution

Professor Joel S. Kaminsky (Smith College) delivered the 2015 Albert and Vera List Fund for Jewish Studies Lecture at Harvard Divinity School on February 18, 2015, “Would You Impugn My Justice?”

Much recent scholarship has portrayed the book of Job as sweeping away an earlier, supposedly mechanistic theology of divine reward and punishment. Joel S. Kaminsky argues that the widespread biblical notion that God rewards the righteous and punishes the wicked is more complex than often recognized. Recovering its nuances not only helps one better understand the theological outlook of books like Deuteronomy, Proverbs, and Psalms, but also helps one better grasp the debates within the book of Job.

00:00 Welcome by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School

1:45 Introduction by Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard Divinity School

3:55 Joel S. Kaminsky, Professor of Religion and Morningstar Family Professor in Jewish Studies, Smith College

39:30 Q&A with Joel S. Kaminsky

A version of the lecture was published as “Would You Impugn My Justice? A Nuanced Approach to the Hebrew Bible’s Theology of Divine Recompense” Interpretation 69.3 (2015): 299-310.

Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference

Videos are available from the Religion and the Feminist Movement Conference, held at Harvard Divinity School on November 1-3, 2002. The conference included addresses from two notable biblical scholars, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Rosemary Radford Ruether, reflecting on the feminist movement:

 

 

 

Program

Introduction

  • Ann Braude, Director, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School

Welcome

  • William A. Graham, Dean of Harvard Divinity School

Panel I: Religion and “the Movement”

  • Charlotte Bunch, President, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University (video)
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Co-founder, Ms. magazine (video)
  • Roberta Hestenes, minister-at-large, World Vision (video)
  • Azizah al-Hibri, President, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (video)
  • Moderator: Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School

Panel II: Feminist Theology

  • Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School (video)
  • Judith Plaskow, Manhattan College (video)
  • Carol P. Christ, Ariadne Institute (video)
  • Moderator: Leila Ahmed, Harvard Divinity School

Mary Daly and the Exodus from Patriarchal Religion

  • Introduction: Mary Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual
  • Speaker: Mary Daly

Panel III: Feminist Theology II

  • Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary (video)
  • Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Drew Theological School (video)
  • Virginia Mollenkott, Founder, Evangelical and Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (video)
  • Riffat Hassan, University of Louisville (video)
  • Moderator: Sarah Coakley, Harvard Divinity School

Panel IV: Women Clergy

  • Addie Wyatt (Church of God) (video)
  • Jeanne Audrey Powers (United Methodist Church) (video)
  • Delores S. Williams, Union Theological Seminary (video)
  • Betty Bone Schiess (Episcopal Church, USA) (video)
  • Moderator: Claudia Highbaugh, Chaplain, Harvard Divinity School

Religion and the Creation of Feminist Consciousness

  • Gerda Lerner, University of Wisconsin

Panel V: Outsiders Within

  • Vicki Noble, Co-creator, Motherpeace Tarot (video)
  • Lois Wilson, Senator for Human Rights, Ontario, Canada (video)
  • Margaret Toscano, founder, Mormon Women’s Forum (video)
  • Letty Russell, Yale Divinity School (video)
  • Moderator: Diana L. Eck, Harvard University

Panel VI: Women’s Organizations

  • Nadine Foley, O.P., coordinator, first Women’s Ordination Conference (video)
  • Blu Greenberg, President, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (video)
  • Donna Quinn, O.P., cofounder, Women-Church Convergence (video)
  • Moderator: Nancy Richardson, Harvard Divinity School

Closing Discussion

  • Clarissa Atkinson, Harvard Divinity School, and all conference panelists
  • Moderator: Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University

The Song of Songs: Francis X. Clooney, Cheryl Exum, Michael Fishbane, Paul Griffiths, and Stephanie Paulsell

Harvard Divinity School provides a video of “a conversation between five scholars on the Song of Songs”, held on April 15, 2013. The panel was chaired by CSWR director Francis X. Clooney, S.J., and featured Cheryl Exum of the University of Sheffield, Michael Fishbane of University of Chicago Divinity School, Paul Griffiths of Duke University, and Stephanie Paulsell of HDS.

Nathan McDonald on why the Old Testament is not Monotheistic

On April 6, 2009, Dr Nathan MacDonald, lecturer in Old Testament at the School of Divinity, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, delivered this lecture at Harvard Divinity School, examining “Israel’s religious history and assumptions of its monotheism”.

 

Amy-Jill Levine on Anti-Jewish New Testament Interpretation

Professor Amy-Jill Levine delivered the Comparative Theology Lecture at Harvard Divinity School on October 17, 2012: “From Donation to Diatribe: How Anti-Jewish Interpretation Cashes Out”.

In Mark 12:41-44, Jesus says of a poor widow who makes a donation to the Jerusalem Temple: “she has thrown in her whole life.” Is the widow exploited by a Jewish system that values money over compassion? Is she a faithful worshiper who reveals the Temple’s welcome of rich and poor, male and female? Is she a foreshadowing of Jesus, who will give up his life as a “ransom for many?” The answers depend upon the reader’s sensibilities.

Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

Levine’s lecture commences at 5:57.

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza: “How the Power of Empire has Historically Shaped Christian Scriptures”

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza discusses the use of the language of Empire in Christian scriptures, in a 2007 Burke Lecture, against the backdrop of modern globalization and U.S. empire.

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza of the Harvard Divinity School has done pioneering work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. She explores how the power of empire has historically shaped Christian Scriptures but also how it continues to shape our self-understanding and public discourse in the present.

N.T. Wright on Paul and the Faithfulness of God

Professor N.T. Wright discusses his book Paul and the Faithfulness of God (2013) at Harvard Divinity School, on Nov 15, 2013.

Wright’s discussion of his book is followed by responses by Giovanni Bazanna (Harvard Divinity School), Katherine Shaner (Wake Forest School of Divinity), and Matthew Potts (Harvard Divinity School), with a response in turn by Wright and a Q&A session at the conclusion.

Wright is the Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews’ School of Divinity.

Paul and the Faithfulness of God at Harvard