Noted theologian Horsley to deliver Hall lectures
Theologian Richard Horsley of the University of Massachusetts in Boston will give a series of talks under the theme, “Jesus and the Empire,” March 25 – 26 for the University of South Carolina’s 15th annual Nadine Beacham and Charlton F. Hall Sr. Visiting Lectureship in New Testament and Early Christianity.
All events are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, March 25, Horsley will deliver the major Hall lecture, “Jesus as Exorcist and Healer,” at 8 p.m. in the university’s campus room of Capstone Hall. Earlier that day, he will speak at 10 a.m. at the 15th Annual Ecumenical Clergy Day for Protestant ministers, Catholic priests and Jewish rabbis at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The talk is titled “Jesus and the Politics of Roman Palestine.”
On March 26, Horsley will give his final lecture at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. The talk is “Jesus and the New World Disorder.”
Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion, Horsley has published 17 books, including “Jesus in Contest: Power, People, and Performance” (2008), which explores a number of interesting questions: What difference did the Roman Empire make for Jesus and his disciples? What difference did the empire make for the broader social currents of which he and they were a part? What social roles did Jesus perform? What “little tradition” did he embody against the “great tradition” of Roman culture? The book addresses these questions and sketches a dramatic new picture of Jesus in light of recent approaches.
In addition to books, Horsley has published articles in numerous journals, including New Testament Studies, Journal of Religion and Harvard Theological Review. He has served as president of the New England region of the Society of Biblical Literature.
The Hall Lectureship, sponsored by the department of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is held each year the week before Palm Sunday.
The lectureship was established by Charlton F. Hall Jr., a 1959 USC business administration graduate and owner of Charlton Hall Galleries Inc. of Columbia, in honor of his parents.