Anderson, Indiana

Katharine Sakenfeld to present 29th Annual Newell Lectures

Fri, 2010-10-01 10:01 -- univcomm
October 1, 2010

Anderson University will welcome the Rev. Dr. Katharine Sakenfeld on Monday, Oct. 4, for the 29th Annual Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies.

sakenfeldThe lectures, hosted by the Center for Christian Leadership, will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the School of Theology's Adam W. Miller Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Sakenfeld will present three morning sessions based on the theme "Gender Issues in Bible Translation". The sessions include:

  • The Art of Bible Translation: Theory and Theology in the KJV, NRSV, and NIV
  • Female/Feminine Imagery for God in the Bible: Translation and Interpretation
  • Pastoral Issues: The Problem of Pronouns; Implications for Congregational Ministry

An afternoon session, from 2-4:30 p.m. will address issues arising from cross-cultural interpretations as seen in Sakenfeld's book Just Wives?: Stories of Power and Survival in the Old Testament and Today.

Sakenfeld is the William Albright Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned an M.S. in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island, a B.D. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She joined the Princeton Seminary faculty in 1970. Alongside her current position, Sakenfeld served for 25 years as the director of Princeton Seminary's Ph.D. studies program. She is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is the author of The Meaning of Hesed in the Hebrew Bible, Faithfulness in Action, Journeying with God, Ruth (Interpretation Commentary), and Just Wives?, as well as many articles and reviews.

Dr. and Mrs. Arlo and Helen Newell created the Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies in 1981 for the purpose of bringing a significant specialist in the field of biblical studies to Anderson University and the School of Theology on an annual basis. The Newell Lectures are one of the longest running lecture series in the United States.

Dr. Newell served the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) for many years as a pastor, editor of Vital Christianity (the national periodical of the Church of God), a Church of God General Assembly officer, and author of numerous books and articles. He continues to write and serves as a Chaplain in Residence with the Anderson University School of Theology.

Helen Newell also worked faithfully in the Church of God and in the Anderson community. She is a 1981 graduate of the Anderson University School of Theology with a Master of Religious Education. The Newell Lectures were created to honor Helen's work at the seminary and in the Church of God.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.