Monday, November 10, 2008
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Brossman Learning Center
LTSP Faculty: The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Church History, and Dr. Erik Heen, Professor of New Testament and Greek, are the lecturers at this Alumni Fall Forum.
Professor Wengert spoke on the topic Reading the Bible with Martin Luther, touching on the unique characteristics of Reformation insights into reading the Bible, examining such issues as the authority of Scripture (strength in weakness), the canon of Scripture (what to do with James), and the effect of Scripture (law and gospel). Prof. Wengert has spent his career investigating the history of biblical interpretation, especially as an aspect of Reformation theology and practice.
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert
Professor Heen's topic, Reading the Bible with St. Paul, focuses on how Paul’s "Damascus Experience" fundamentally changed his understanding of Scripture, giving rise to what has been called the "Christocentric" reading of the Bible. Paul’s development in hermeneutics is to suggest the dangers of both "proof-texting" as well as readings of the OT that do not discern Christ as the center of the Word of God of both testaments. Dr. Heen's specific New Testament research interests include Paul and the history of biblical interpretation.
Dr. Erik Heen