Jacob L. Wright, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, is taking his scholarship to the public through his perspective on the new Hollywood film “Noah,” a discussion group that studies prophets of the Bible, and a free online course on the purpose of the Bible.
Interpreting a Flood of Controversy Emory’s video series “Emory Looks at Hollywood” tapped Wright to offer insights into the new Paramount Pictures film “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe as the ark-building character from the Bible. The film has drawn criticism from some who say Hollywood took too many liberties in interpreting the biblical story for the silver screen. Wright disagrees.
In the video, he explores the larger context of the flood narrative—its origins and various interpretations—noting its appearance in multiple iterations in ancient cultures. Watch the video on Emory News Center: bit.ly/1l3ASRK
Wright more fully engages “Noah” in Sacred Matters, a web magazine of public scholarship on religion and culture that invited Wright to provide deeper context for the film in light of public criticism.
Thanks to technology upgrades made during renovations of Cannon Chapel last summer, anyone with internet access can now experience Candler’s twice-weekly worship services in real time via live video streaming.
Barbara Day Miller, associate dean of worship and music, calls the live stream capacity “a gift” for those watching from other places, and anticipates practical applications for the service as well.
“Our alumni and constituents all around the country can hear music and sermons and prayers based on the texts they are preparing for their own congregations,” she says.
From a teaching standpoint, Day Miller also sees great benefit in students considering this new capability as they craft a worship service.
“This technology has added another dimension of preparation and care to worship planning,” she says. “The attention to detail this requires—the ability to step back and imagine the action and to more clearly understand the flow of the service before it begins—will serve students well as they move into their own churches that may have similar technological capabilities.”
Centennial Conference to Focus on Future of Theology
Emory University’s Candler School of Theology will engage the distinctive theological challenges of the next century—challenges to the church, the world and the shape of theological education—during an academic conference March 18–20, 2015. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson is one of a dozen renowned theologians who are gathering in Emory’s Cannon Chapel to respond to the dilemmas posed to Christian theology by the present age.
The conference is the centerpiece of the spring portion of Candler’s 2014-2015 Centennial Celebration. It is presented in collaboration with the McDonald Agape Foundation, complementing the foundation’s Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and their Impact on Culture, a position held by a visiting scholar at Candler each year.
The academic conference seeks to be prophetic—in the sense of truth-speaking rather than future forecasting—about the pressing theological issues facing the world in the next 100 years, and the resources for engaging them.
Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory’s R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, and chair of Candler’s Centennial Celebration, will deliver the keynote address titled, “Theological Challenges of the New Century.” Four other Candler faculty from diverse theological disciplines will deliver major addresses that propose ways forward, while invited scholars and activists from outside Candler will offer substantive contributions as panelists.