Biblical Scholar Johnson to Speak at CBU

Dr. Luke Timothy JohnsonMemphis- Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology, at Emory University, will present “How is the Bible True? Complicating the Question” as part of the Distinguished Catholic Lectors Series on Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater at Christian Brothers University (CBU).

Over the last 30 years, Johnson has played a profound role in reshaping the field of New Testament studies. For many years, debates have raged about the historical accuracy of the Bible.  But is historical fact the only or even the most important kind of truth the Bible communicates?  Does the obsession with historical accuracy risk making history, rather than Scripture, the touchstone for theology?  Rather than insisting that Scripture fit into our contemporary worldview, Johnson invites us to allow Scripture to transform the way we imagine the world.

A former Benedictine monk, Johnson is a noted New Testament biblical scholar and the author of countless articles, reviews, essays and over 25 books, including commentaries on Luke, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, James, and Hebrews. He is perhaps best known for his book, The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels. Johnson has served as a guest writer for Commonweal, the independent journal, published by Catholic lay people. His current research focuses on the literary, moral and religious dimensions of the New Testament. Johnson earned his PhD from Yale University, Masters of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, MA from Indiana University, and BA from Notre Dame Seminary.

Johnson’s lecture is cosponsored by The Commonweal Speakers Program which is made possible through a generous gift from James H. Duffy. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. James Wallace at (901) 321-3018 or jwallac6@cbu.edu. ###

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