Convocation marks beginning of Seminary’s 160th academic year
Tyler Mayfield will be installed as assistant professor of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament at the Opening Convocation of the 160th fall Semester at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Mayfield will also give an address entitled, “Raising Cain.” Convocation will take place in the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2013. The public is invited to attend.
“The story of Cain and Abel sizzles with firsts—the first sacrificial worship, the first murder, the first mention of ‘sin’ and ‘blood,’ first chosen occupations, the first promise of divine protection,” said Mayfield. “In addition, the story of these two brothers sharpens our focus on human difference and how we might respond to those who represent the Other. In our pluralistic world, one challenge for ministers and the Church is to respond constructively and appreciatively to God’s diverse world. We may be different, but we are all Eve’s children.”
Mayfield joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2012. In January, he will co-lead the Seminary’s Middle East travel seminar to Israel and Palestine.
“Tyler Mayfield is an extraordinarily gifted teacher and scholar,” said Dean Sue Garrett. “In his courses, his preaching and his writing, he opens the ancient world of the scriptures and shows us just how relevant and enriching for the life and work of the church critical biblical study can be.”
Mayfield earned his MAR in Bible at Yale Divinity School and his PhD in Hebrew Bible at Claremont Graduate University. As a doctoral student, he worked as a research associate at the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center at the Claremont School of Theology. His undergraduate work in psychology and religious studies was completed at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
In July 2010, he joined the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he served as a post-doctoral fellow and Instructor in Biblical Languages. He also served as a lecturer at the University of California, Riverside, where he taught Christian Bible, the Hebrew Bible, and Jesus and the Gospels, and at the Claremont School of Theology, where he taught prophetic literature as a member of the adjunct faculty.