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Marion L. "Marty" Soards to Speak at the Spring 2016 Opening Convocation

Jan 21, 2016

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Professor of New Testament Studies, the Rev. Dr. Marion “Marty” Soards, will address “Two Expressions of Early Christian Tradition Concerning the Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead” at the Opening Convocation of the seminary’s 2016 spring semester. Convocation will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, at the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40205). The public is invited to attend.

Soards will consider in his address that from the earliest days of Christian communities, there were some who said there was no resurrection of the dead (I Corinthians 15).  And, as interpreters note, the crowd in Athens listened to Paul's preaching until he mentioned the judgment of the world by Jesus, whom God had raised from the dead (Acts 17). The New Testament shows that in the face of doubt and denial, early Christians found complementary ways of expressing their conviction that after his death and burial, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead (I Corinthians and the Gospels according to Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John). One way of recalling Jesus' resurrection was confessional, and the other way of remembering it was narrative. How might these manners of expression have served in the life of first-century Christian faith?  And, what might they say to us today?

Soards, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 1990 to teach New Testament. Publishing more than 60 articles in theological dictionaries and professional journals, he is the author of over 20 books including The Passion According to Luke: The Special Material of Luke 22 (JSOT Press, 1987); The Apostle Paul: An Introduction to His Writings and Teaching (Paulist Press, 1987); the 12-volume set, Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary (Abingdon, 1992-1994), which he co-authored with T.B. Dozeman and K.K. McCabe; The Speeches in Acts: Their Context, Content, and Concerns (Westminster John Knox, 1994); Scripture and Homosexuality: Biblical Authority and the Church Today (Westminster John Knox, 1995); and I Corinthians (Hendrickson Publishers, 1999). He has also been an editor of The New Interpreter’s Bible Project, Mercer Library of Biblical Studies, the Journal of Biblical Literature, and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Soards has been a Fellow of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada, the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in Germany. He is active in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and the international society for New Testament studies, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
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