Community Conversation with Elsa Tamez

November 3, 2010

I am pleased to announce that the 2010 Crossing Borders Lecture at Brite Divinity School (TCU) will be given by Professor Elsa Tamez, who is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at theUniversidad Biblica Latinoamericana (Latin American Biblical University) in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Professor Tamez will be speaking at two events on TCU’s campus on November 18th.

Thursday, 12:00 p.m., Weatherly Hall in Brite Divinity School

“James, to the Latino/as that live in the United States.”

Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center at TCU.

“And They Said Nothing to Anyone, For They Were Afraid.”

The first lecture is a Community Conversation with Professor Tamez. The title of this conversation is “James, to the Latino/as that live in the United States.” The conversation interfaces the issues that early Christian communities confronted as strangers and aliens in foreign lands in the pastoral Letter of James in the New Testament with the experience of otherness that many Latinos/as meet while living in a host country.

The second and more formal lecture is entitled, “And They Said Nothing to Anyone, For They Were Afraid.” The title is a direct reference to the Gospel of Mark (16:8) and the historical-political conflict between the Roman Empire and the Jewish people in 66-70CE that gave rise to the writing of Mark 16:8. The title, therefore, makes a connection between how early Christians responded to this violent situation in early Christianity and how Christians today might begin to address similar concerns during war and armed conflicts.

Professor Elsa Tamez is an internationally prominent Latin American Biblical Scholar and Theologian. Born in Victoria, Mexico, she received her doctoral degree in Theology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She is currently serving as a United Bible Society translation consultant. Affiliated with the Methodist tradition, she remains active as a theological advisor for the Latin American Council of Churches and as a teacher, having most recently taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School in the field of Latin American Liberation Theology and Harvard Divinity School in the area of World Christianity.

Professor Tamez is a proliferate and well-respected scholar having published both in the field of biblical studies and feminist theology. Her publications include The Bible of the Oppressed (1982); Against Machismo(1987); Women’s Rereading of the Bible(1988); The Scandalous Message of James(1989); Through Her Eyes: Women Theologians from Latin America (1989); andWhen the Horizons Close: Rereading Ecclesiastes (2000). In 2000, Professor Tamez received the Hans-Sigrist Award from the University of Bern, Switzerland for her contribution in the field of contextual biblical hermeneutics.

The Crossing Borders Lecture was established in 2004. The lectures are presented under the auspices of the Center for Latino/a Church Studies at Brite Divinity School at TCU. The lectures are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information please visit or call 817-257-7575.


Francisco Lozada, Jr., Ph.D.

Charles Fischer Associate Professor of New Testament

and Latino/a Church Studies

Brite Divinity School at TCU


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