30th annual Newell Lectures to feature Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins

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September 16, 2011

The Anderson University School of Theology and the Center for Christian Leadership will welcome Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins on Monday, October 10 for the 30th annual Newell Lectures in Biblical Studies.

Collins is the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. She will present three lectures on the topic “The Earthly Afterlife of Paul” at the following times:

  • 9 – 10:15 a.m.: “Paul’s Legacy for Sexuality and the Role of Women in the Church”
  • 10:30 a.m. – noon: “Paul’s Contribution to the Hope of the Early Church”
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m.: “Interpretations of Paul’s ‘Resurrection Body’”

The lectures are free and open to the public.

adela-collins“We are so pleased to again host the Newell Lectureship in Biblical Studies,” said Dr. David Sebastian, dean of the School of Theology. “Our guest lecturer, Dr. Adela Yarbro Collins, is a highly regarded biblical scholar from Yale Divinity School. We are fortunate to have her with us. Please mark the date on your calendar and join with us. We expect to be inspired and informed as Dr. Collins helps us discover ‘The Earthly Afterlife of Paul.’”

Collins joined the Yale Divinity School in 2000 after teaching at the University of Chicago Divinity School for nine years. Prior to that, she was a professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She was a member of the executive committee of the Society of New Testament Studies from 2002 to 2003. She was president of the New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2004-05.

Collins was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology by the University of Oslo, Norway, in 1994 and a Fellowship for University Teachers by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1995-96. Her most recent book is a commentary on the Gospel of Mark for the Hermeneia commentary series. Among her other publications are Cosmology and Eschatology in Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism; The Beginning of the Gospel: Probings of Mark in Context; Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse; The Apocalypse (New Testament Message series); and The Combat Myth in the Book of Revelation. She served as the editor of the Society of Biblical Literature's Monograph Series from 1985 to 1990. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Dr. and Mrs. Arlo and Helen Newell created the Newell Lectureship 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. Dr. Newell continues his writing 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 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the eighth 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.