2024 Lecturer: Susan Eastman
Associate Research Professor Emerita of the New Testament, Duke Divinity School
Eastman's scholarly focus is on Paul’s theology in conversation with issues of human suffering and flourishing. She is the author of Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians, Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul’s Anthropology, Oneself in Another: Participation and Personhood in Pauline Theology and a forthcoming Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Romans (Interpretation Commentary series), and as well as numerous articles and conference papers. She was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1982 and has served churches in Alaska, Oregon, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.
About the Biblical Studies Lectures
Each Spring, Beeson Divinity School hosts the Biblical Studies Lectures, one of three annual lectureships, to enrich the spiritual life of our community and enhance the educational experience of our students. Guest speakers committed to the proclamation of the Holy Scripture are chosen because they pursue their study of the Bible with the utmost academic rigor and integrity. Their scholarship serves as an example of the faithful and diligent attention to the study of Scripture that we hope to instill in our students. We believe a strong foundation in basic theological disciplines is essential and is reflected in the curriculum. Nearly one-third of the requirements for the Master of Divinity program is devoted to the study of the Bible and the language in which it is written.
Each year, guest lecturers for the series alternate between Old and New Testament scholars. Past lecturers include Darrell Bock, Gordon Wenham, Robert P. Gordon, N. T. Wright, Gordon Fee, Walter Kaiser, D. A. Carson, J. Gordon McConville, Peter Stuhlmacher, Karen Jobes, Christopher Wright, and Richard Bauckham. Recordings of past lectures are available in the Beeson Media Center.
Services are open to the public free of charge.