Oct. 26, 2004
New Testament specialist Rev. Frank J. Matera will deliver his inaugural lecture Wednesday, Nov. 17, as the new Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies.
Appointed the Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor last September, Father Matera will deliver his lecture titled “Christ in the Theologies of Paul and John: A Study in the Diverse Unity of New Testament Theology” at 4 p.m. in the Monsignor Stephen Happel Room at Caldwell Hall.
Rev. Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., dean of the theology school and himself a New Testament expert, says “Father Matera is a scholar of remarkable breadth and depth. His careful and respectful approach to the sacred text has made him one of the most respected New Testament scholars, with world-class publications in the Gospels and the Pauline literature. He is ideally suited for his present passion: the theology of the New Testament.”
Father Matera replaces the former holder of the chair, Rev. Alexander A. Di Lella, O.F.M., who retired last August. Father Matera now holds one of the oldest chairs in the school, funded by donations from three families in the late 1900s.
A member of the Plenary Commission on Faith and Order, Father Matera is also an expert on the Synoptic Gospels and the Pauline Letters. Father Matera earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Bernard’s Seminary and College in Rochester, N.Y., a master’s degree in theology at the Catholic University of Louvain and a doctorate in New Testament at the Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.
He is the author of the books “The Kingship of Jesus,” “Passion Narratives and Gospel Theologies,” “What Are They Saying about Mark?,” “Galatians,” “New Testament Ethics: The Legacies of Jesus and Paul,” “New Testament Christology” and “Strategies for Preaching Paul.”
A reception will follow the lecture, which is sponsored by the School of Theology and Religious Studies. For more information, call 202-319-5683.
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