2020 Carson Lecture  

We are pleased to announce our 2020 Carson Lecturer will be Dr. Julia O’Brien.

Dr. Julia M. O’Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she has taught since 1997. Julia received a BA summa cum laude in Religion from Wake Forest University in 1981, a MDiv from Duke Divinity School in 1984, and a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies from Duke University in 1988, where her areas of study included the history and archeology of the Old Testament, as well as Judaism and Literary Criticism.

Her academic specialties and research interests include the prophetic literature of the Hebrew Bible (especially the Minor Prophets); the intersection of gender studies and Biblical studies; theological, feminist, and ideological approaches to prophetic books, especially Minor Prophets; gender studies; ethical issues in biblical interpretation; theology of Hebrew Bible; violence; metaphor; constructions of family; images of God; reading Bible as literature.

She is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies and authored Micah, part of the Wisdom Commentary Series (Liturgical Press, 2015). Previous publications include Nahum (Sheffield Academic Press, 2001); Nahum through Malachi (Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, 2004); and Challenging Prophetic Metaphor (Westminster John Knox, 2008).  With Chris Franke, she co-edited Aesthetics of Violence in the Prophets (T & T Clark, 2010).

Julia lectures and leads workshops on various topics related to the Bible and contemporary culture, including (homo)sexuality and the Bible; the family in ancient and modern perspectives; biblical promises and Middle Eastern politics; and secular readings of Old Testament narratives.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 27, 2020