Intended Audience: Any lover of Sacred Scripture.
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June 21-26, 2015 "Parables"
June 19-24, 2016 - "Psalms and Prayer"
We are excited to announce that four amazing scholars have accepted our invitation to speak at Summer Scripture Seminar 2015. These four are Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, Rev. John Paul Heil, Dr. Arland Hultgren, and Dr. Urban von Wahlde. Click on the "Faculty" link on the right to read their bio's.
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The schedule for Summer Scripture Seminar includes ample time for meals, prayer, relaxation, fellowship and of course the lectures by some of the finest scholars.
Each year, the Summer Scripture Seminar assembles a faculty from among the best biblical exegetes and theologians to lead the program. Faculty are drawn from USML, the several theological faculties in Chicago and from universities across the USA. When you attend the Summer Scripture Seminar, you will hear from scholars who literally “wrote to book” on contemporary scholarship. In the coming seminar, we welcome the following scholars as presenters:
Bios for 2015 Summer Scripture Speakers
Sr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, Ph,D., is a Sister of Saint Joseph from London, Ontario Canada, and a tenured Professor of Scripture in the Theology Department of Loyola University in Chicago where she has taught since 1991. She received her doctorate from the University of Saint Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario, with a specialization in Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), in particular the Gospel of Mark, and also in First Generation Christianity. The contextualization of earliest Christian communities within the world of Greco-Roman antiquity is a constant special scholarly endeavor. A particular focus is the manner in which early Christians understood the Jesus Miracle stories. In her book, The Miracles of Greco-Roman Antiquity: A Sourcebook (London, England: Routledge Press, 1999), Cotter presents a selection of the major miracles attributed to the gods and heroes of the first century Mediterranean world in order to better study the claims made by early Christians about Jesus and His miracles. In her most recent book, The Christ of the Miracle Stories: Portrait Through Encounter (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Press, 2010), she illustrates how Jesus' virtues are modeled for would be followers as he respectfully receives the bold and brash petitioners in the miracle stories.
Rev. John Paul Heil, SSD, is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 1974, he studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he received his Doctorate in Sacred Scripture in 1979. After teaching at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis for 27 years, he joined the faculty of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America in 2006. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of New Testament Studies.
His early career focused on the Gospels and the Letters of Paul, resulting in the publication of several articles and monographs. More recently his focus has been on the worship dimension of the New Testament. This has resulted in monographs on worship in the Letters of Paul, Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter and Jude, and the Book of Revelation. Many of his books are published by Cascade Books including The Letter of James: Worship to Live By and The Book of Revelation: Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy.
Professor Arland J. Hultgren came to Luther Seminary in 1977 as associate professor of New Testament and was named professor in 1986. He was chair of the department from 1986 to 1993. He had been on the faculty in religious studies at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., from 1969 to 1977. He was ordained in the Lutheran Church in 1966 and served as assistant pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Tenafly, N.J. until 1968. He also took a parish leave from the seminary and served as pastor of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, in 1979-80.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1961), Hultgren earned the M.A. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1963), and the M.Div. degree from Lutheran School of Theology, Rock Island (1965). He received the Th.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 1971, and has done additional study during sabbaticals at the Universities of Cambridge, England (1984-85), and Uppsala, Sweden (1990-91). Hultgren is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., (1990-99) and was editor of Word & World (1981-88). Books he has written include: The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary (2000), The Rise of Normative Christianity (1994), Christ and His Benefits: Christology and Redemption in the New Testament (1987), and Paul's Gospel and Mission: The Outlook from His Letter to the Romans (1985) among others.
Dr. Urban von Wahlde has taught on the graduate and undergraduate faculties at Loyola University Chicago since 1981. He was chairperson of the department from 1987-1993. He has been an editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and currently serves on the Association's committee for scholarship in emerging nations. In addition he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Dr. von Wahlde is the author of three books and a three-volume commentary on the Gospel and Letters of John for the Eerdmans Critical Commentary series. Dr. von Wahlde is also the author of the major entry on the Gospel of John and the major entry on John, the Son of Zebedee for the multi-volume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is also the author of over fifty scholarly articles. Although his primary focus is on the Johannine literature, he has also published articles on the gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles. His research interests include relations between Christians and Jews in the First Century, questions of anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John, apocalyptic literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
HISTORY OF PART TOPICS AND SPEAKERS:
June 22-27, 2014: “Conquest & Kingship: Leadership in Joshua,Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings”
Rev. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D. (Sunday 6/22 pm/Monday 6/23 am)
- “What Is a King To Do? Deut 17:14-20”
- “Priests & Prophets: Deut 18:1-22”
- “The Deuteronomic Alternative: Deut 16:18–18:22"
Rev. John Kartje, Ph.D., S.T.D. (Mon. 6/23 pm/Tues. 6/24 am)
- “Identifying Biblical Wisdom Motifs in the Deuteronomic History”
- “Conquering Wisely: The Biblical Warrior as Student and Sage”
- “Educating the Prince: Royal Wisdom Beyond Solomon”
Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza, Ph.D.(Tues. 6/24 pm/Wed. 6/25 am)
- “Supporting Cast vs. Supporting Caste - The Major Importance of Minor Biblical Characters”
- “Two Starving Mothers Before a King – II Kings 6. 24-31”
- “A Servant Girl Overshadows a Military General – II Kings 5”
Rev. David G. Monaco, C.P., Ph.D. (Wed. 6/25 pm/Thurs. 6/26 am)
- “Struck from the Left: Ehud in Judges 3:;12-4:1”
- “How to Split and Doom Two Kingdoms in Two Easy Lessons: Rehoboam and Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11:45 - 14:31”
- “Samson as the Anti-Judge: Judges 13-16”
Very Rev. Robert Barron, M.A., S.T.D. (Thursday 6/26 evening)
- “The Archetypes of the King in the Old Testament: Reflections on Adam, Moses & David”
Rabbi Michael Balinsky (Friday 6/27 Morning)
- “But What of the Canaanites? Classical Jewish Commentaries on the Conquest of the Land of Israel”
Rev. Lawrence Hennessey, S.T.L., Ph.D. (Friday 6/27 Morning)
- “Early Christian Exegesis of Old Testament History”
June 23-28, 2013: “Hard Sayings of the Bible”
“Summer Scripture Seminar is the perfect combination of erudition, stimulation, relaxation, pastoral sharing, spiritual renewal, and even physical exercise. My time at Mundelein is like an Emmaus trek with Jesus, and my heart burns with joy and insight the rest of the year. Your hospitality invites, your grounds and buildings enchant, your vision inspires. I thank you each year….” - Fr. John
“I love the conversations at the table and in the living room. The camaraderie is worth the price of admission. The Summer Scripture Seminar presents a week of Biblical experts on a themed topic that year after year exceeds my expectations. It truly gives strength to my faith, food for the soul and a pure and lasting source for my spiritual life.” - Deacon Bill
“This is an intellectual banquet. The rich ideas are accompanied by the convictions and enthusiasm of the speakers as well."
“An indispensable aid to me in refocusing myself and my ministry in rediscovering my rootedness in the revealed Word of God and in opening new perspectives on Scriptures which I have allowed to become stale.”