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Jan. 27, 2005

New Testament Scholar To Deliver Geneva Lecture

Bible scholar Richard B. Hays, an expert on the New Testament letters of Paul and New Testament ethics, will discus the ethics of hope when he delivers the University of Iowa's Geneva Lecture Feb. 11.

Hays' lecture, "Practicing Resurrection: The Ethics of Hope," will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in Buchanan Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hays will also participate in a colloquium and seminar during his visit. The colloquium, "The Liberation of Israel in Luke-Acts: Intertextual Narration as Countercultural Practice," will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building. Others participating in the colloquium include Marilynne Robinson, a professor in the Writers' Workshop, and Kenneth Kuntz of the Department of Religious Studies. Raymond Mentzer, professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, will moderate.

The seminar, "How One Reads Scripture Faithfully," will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Room 101 Becker Communication Studies Building.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Hays is the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at The Divinity School of Duke University. His scholarly work bridges the disciplines of biblical criticism, theology and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Scripture. His book "The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation," was selected by Christianity Today as one of the most important religious books of the 20th century.

Hays is also an ordained Methodist minister and has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to London's Westminster Abbey.

Founded in 1976, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, more than 60 nationally and internationally renowned speakers have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa.

For further information, contact Jason Chen at 319-341-0007 or by email

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