Baylor Will Host Wycliffe Religion Professor Dr. Terence Donaldson

Jan. 21, 2016
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WACO, Texas (Jan. 21, 2016) – Baylor University’s department of religion and the Baylor University Press will sponsor a lecture by Terence Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of New Testament at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada.

The lecture, “Omnes Gentes: Gentile-Christian Identity Construction, the Parting of the Ways and the Nations in Roman Imperial Ideology,” will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Miller Chapel on the first floor of Tidwell Bible Building.

The bulk of Donaldson’s research has to do with ethnicity and identity formation within Gentile Christianity. His broader interests lie in the process through which Christianity has developed over time, beginning as an “eschatological renewal movement entirely within the Jewish environment” and evolving into a largely Gentile religion.

“We are learning on a daily basis the very high cost of dividing the world into ‘them’ and ‘us,’” said Beverly Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Baylor University. “Dr. Donaldson’s work informs us about the ancient roots of this divisiveness. Hopefully, it also prompts us to be more thoughtful and respectful going forward.”

Donaldson has been widely published. His books include “Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations,” and “Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism.”

This lecture is free and open to the public. Tidwell Bible Building is located at 600 Speight Ave.

For more information, contact Beverly Gaventa.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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