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Johanna Bos to deliver Spalding’s Keenan Lecture

by Louisville Seminary | Mar 23, 2010
The Rev. Dr. Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos, Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be the 2010 guest speaker at the annual Keenan Lecture, sponsored by Spalding University School of Liberal Studies. Her lecture, Wisdom’s Trajectories, will be offered to the public, free of charge, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Egan Leadership Center Lectorium.

Bos said her address will explore the figure of Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible as an inspiring mentor and guide for women who seek to take their place in society and religion in a contemporary context.

“We will consider Woman Wisdom as she appears in the biblical Book of Proverbs, a female gendered presence of power close to the Divine, taking her prophetic place in the city gate, dancing in the nearness of God at the creation, and hosting her table inside her house,” she said.

Spalding University has presented the Keenan Lectures for 29 years. They have been well attended by faculty and students and individuals from the community who engage in critical thinking about religious issues that lead to social justice action.

At Louisville Seminary, Bos teaches Hebrew Bible, Hebrew language and electives in liberation theology. She has become widely known as a feminist biblical scholar and theologian with an emphasis on the participation of women in the Bible and the life of faith. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she engages herself with issues of justice for women and disadvantaged groups locally and in the global arena.

She writes regularly for both scholarly and popular publications. Some of her books include Making Wise the Simple - The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice (Eerdmans, 2005), Reformed and Feminist - A Challenge to the Church (Westminster John Knox 1991), Reimagining God—The Case for Scriptural Diversity (Westminster John Knox, 1995), and Called Out With: Stories of Solidarity in Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Persons (Westminster John Knox, 1997).

Bos was born in the Netherlands where she earned two degrees in theology at the University of Leiden. A pioneering woman in theological teaching, she is the only woman in 1976 to receive a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the first woman to receive academic tenure at Louisville Seminary.

The Egan Leadership Center at Spalding University is located at 901 South Fourth Street (Corner of Fourth and Breckinridge). Convenient parking is available at Third and Breckinridge Streets. For more information, call (502) 585-7122.

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