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Exploring the Literary Characteristics of the Gospels and the Contemporary Church - Part 1
with Dr. Francisco Lozada
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
7:00 to 8:30 pm CDT

This 4-week seminar will explore the literary characteristic of the Gospels. Over the last ten years with the rise of white Christian nationalism and nativism, the global pandemic of Covid-19 and its exposure of economic and health disparities, anti-Black and Jewish hate crimes, the attack on the most vulnerable in relation to class, sexuality, and gender identities, the heightened xenophobic rhetoric and reaction to non-citizens, to name a few, understanding what is distinctive about each Gospel serves as a tool to refrain from reading back dangerous ideas into the Gospels but also as a tool to understand each Gospels’ literary intent. Each seminar will focus on one Gospel. The primary aim of this seminar is to strengthen participants’ literary awareness, and to leave them with tools to read critically the use of Gospels in society and the church.

Dr. Francisco Lozada, Jr. joined Christian Theological Seminary as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, and Professor New Testament Studies, effective July 1, 2023. Prior to joining CTS, Dr. Lozada served at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament and Latinx Studies and the Director of the Borderlands Institute and Latinx Studies Program. During his time at Brite, he has been a leading voice in addressing hermeneutical and theological implications regarding how the Bible is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities. He currently serves on the board of the Hispanic Summer Program, guiding its efforts to shape the next generation of Latinx theological and ecclesial leaders, and served extensively in leadership roles for the Society of Biblical Literature. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Dr. Lozada holds a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University, an M.T.S. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from John Carroll University.

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