Biblical scholars and theologians from around the world will gather at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) September 4-10 for the Third Lutheran World Federation International Hermeneutics Conference. The Gospel of Matthew is the focus of the conference.
As part of the conference, on Friday, September 5, the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert presents a free public lecture, “Matthew’s Gospel for the Reformation: ‘The Messiah. . .Sent and Manifested,” in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St. at 7:30 p.m.
On Monday, September 8, Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will preach at an 11 a.m. worship service in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC.
“LSTC is honored to host this international consultation,” said LSTC President James Nieman. “It provides a remarkable opportunity for our students, particularly LSTC’s Ph.D. students, to meet and learn from scholars who are exploring the relationship between the biblical texts, readers in different contexts, and our shared Lutheran confessional tradition.”
Twenty LSTC students will attend the conference, many as part of a New Testament course on global hermeneutics and the Gospel of Matthew. Student volunteers will also assist conference presenters with details and logistics, giving them the opportunity to meet leading scholars from the global church.
Following the LWF consultation, LSTC will host participant, Rospita Siahaan, from Indonesia, who is a Ph.D. student in New Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Hong Kong. Ms. Siahaan will preach in chapel, make a guest presentation in an LSTC class, and meet with faculty and students.
The Third LWF Hermeneutics Conference is part of a series of consultations begun in 2010 which focus on the “interpretation and contemporary appropriation of the Bible. [It] seeks to explore the relationship between the biblical text, readers in their context, and confessional tradition in biblical appropriation and interpretation for the internal strengthening of the church for its responsibility in the world.”
Two factors led to the creation of the consultations: the realization that even though Lutherans claim to share a confessional tradition, they tend to appropriate the Bible differently, especially in matters of ethics; and the upcoming commemoration of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017 and its revitalized appreciation of the Bible and new modes of interpretation.
Several LSTC alumni and professor will present papers during the conference, including Dr. Monica Melanchthon, Dr. Esther Menn, Dr. Barbara Rossing, and Dr. Vitor Westhelle. A full schedule for the conference is on the Lutheran World Federation’s conference web pages www.lutheranworld.org/content/lutheran-hermeneutics-and-gospel-matthew.
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