History of Biblical Interpretation

The History of Biblical Interpretation group focuses on recovering and examining the work of past male and female biblical interpreters with the aim of better understanding the methodologies, themes, and historical trajectories in the interpretation of biblical texts. This year, our session will focus on the Bible in the Public Square. To facilitate our discussion, we invited paper submissions that explore how the Bible was used historically in debates about slavery, gender ideology, immigration, abortion, the relationship between Christians and government authorities, justification for war, etc. Presenters will give a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion. For more information, contact Amanda W. Benckhuysen (at ajb23@calvinseminary.edu) and/or Marion Ann Taylor (at marion.taylor@wycliffe.utoronto.ca).

  • Amanda Benckhuysen, Calvin Theological Seminary, Presiding
  • M. Daniel Carroll R., Wheaton College (Illinois)
    Reading the Bible with a Migration Lens: New and Needful (20 min)
  • Discussion (10 min)
  • Laceye C. Warner, Duke University Divinity School
    Reading Scripture with the Grimké Sisters: Hermeneutic of Redemption (20 min)
  • Discussion (10 min)
  • Andrew Judd, Ridley Melbourne
    Hagar, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and why we can’t agree on what the Bible means (20 min)
  • Discussion (10 min)
  • Kathleen Buligan, University of Toronto
    The Book of Esther and the Temperance Movement (20 min)
  • Break (10 min)