2012 Lutheran Heritage Lecture
The Rev. Dr. Monica Melanchthon
November 26, 2012
“The Reformer, Biblical Women and Other Asias”
The Rev. Dr. Monica Melanchthon provides an Asian engagement with Luther’s interpretations and comments on select women within the Old Testament for the Lutheran Heritage Lecture.
In her lecture, “The Reformer, Biblical Women and Other Asias,” Dr. Melanchthon explores the “contributions these interpretations have made or might make in the formulation of ideas; the empowering of an informed imagination; the rearrangement of desires; and the conjuring of peace, justice and the rights of humanity within the plurality of Asia.”
The Lutheran Heritage Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition. This lecture is part of LSTC’s 50th Anniversary celebration, “Many Voices, One Story.”
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About the speaker
Monica Melanchthon is professor of Old Testament as a member of the United Faculty of Theology, MCD University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia. She is a graduate of the United Theological College, Bangalore, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Ph.D.). In 2009, she received the LSTC Distinguished Alumni Award for Theological Education in the Global Church.
Dr. Melanchthon belongs to the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, India. She began teaching Old Testament and Hebrew Bible Studies at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Chennai, India, in 1995. She has contributed to study projects of the Lutheran World Federation and has participated regionally and internationally in programs related to gender, interfaith dialog, Bible, mission, theology, development, and theological education initiated by the LWF and the World Council of Churches. She has strong commitments to the politically, socially, economically, environmentally marginalized, who, in the Indian context, are the poor, women and Dalits. She has contributed toward developing Dalit and Indian Feminist hermeneutics and theologies and to the interpretation of Biblical texts drawing on insights from the social biographies of these communities, their perspectives and their lived experiences.
An active member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Dr. Melanchthon sits on the advisory board of its International Cooperation Initiative. She is currently the co-editor general of the online publication series International Voices in Biblical Studies (IVBS). She is on the editorial boards of several journals, including Dialog. She also is the secretary to the Society of Asian Biblical Studies.