The Scherer Lecture 2019


Out of the Covers: Rereading Mission Translated Bibles

September 24, 4–5:30 p.m.
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Room 350
Free and open to the public. A reception follows the lecture.

Steed Vernyl Davidson, PhD
Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary

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European missionary activity relied heavily upon translated Bibles following the tradition of rendering the Bible into European vernaculars. As European languages became the lingua franca in colonized spaces, vernacular Bibles took on additional authoritative status as both divine word and state power. As a result these vernacular Bibles contributed to the erosion of indigenous cultures and the assertion of the inadequacies of indigenous subjectivity. This lecture considers what it means to reread translated Bibles in order to assert authentic indigenous subjectivity.

About the Lecturer

Steed Vernyl Davidson, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs;  Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary. He is the author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of Selected Texts of the Book of Jeremiah, as well as Writing/Reading the Bible in Postcolonial Perspective, and a co-editor of Islands, Islanders and the Bible: RumiNations. He is currently co-authoring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed and co-editing Prophetic Otherness, both of which should be completed in 2019. He earned a PhD in Hebrew Bible from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

This annual lecture is funded through The Eleanor and  Arnold Scherer Endowment Fund

For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony, Associate Professor of Modern Church History, at or 773.256.0749

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