Baylor Religion Professor to Present Lecture on Biblical Accounts of the Resurrection

March 27, 2015
Lidija NovakovicLidija Novakovic courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (March 27, 2015) – Lidija Novakovic, Ph.D., an associate professor in Baylor University’s department of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences, will present a lecture titled “The Story of a Missing Body: The New Testament Accounts of the Discovery of the Empty Tomb” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Miller Chapel located inside Tidwell Bible Building.

“I will compare the stories of the discovery of the empty tomb in all four Gospels and discuss their significance for our understanding of Jesus’ resurrection,” Novakovic said. “The resurrection is a perplexing subject. I hope to help those who attend my lecture better understand how the story of the empty tomb relates to the proclamation that Jesus has been raised from the dead.”

Novakovic’s research topics include the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of John, early Jewish and Christian hermeneutics, early Christology and resurrection belief in Judaism and Christianity. She is the author of two monographs, “Messiah, the Healer of the Sick,” and “Raised from the Dead According to Scripture.” In addition, she is co-editor of two volumes of “The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations.” She has been a professor at Baylor since 2007.

“The resurrection is an essential belief of Christianity, so it has always attracted me as a scholar and a believer,” Novakovic said. “I hope the lecture fits nicely into everyone’s observance of Holy Week.”

Novakovic, a native of Croatia, received her Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, her B.D. and Th.M. from the Baptist Theological Seminary in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, and her B.S. from the University of Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia).

The lecture is free and open to the public. Miller Chapel is located inside Tidwell Bible Building at 600 Speight Ave.

For more information about Baylor’s department of religion, click here.

by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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