Making Sense of Sensory Language in the Gospel of John
Venue : Sydney College of Divinity
Unit 6B, 5 Talavera Road Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Date : Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7.30pm – 9.00pm
Registration : There is no registration costs or form to fill. As there will be a light supper provided, a RSVP will be appreciated to help us plan accordingly. You can RSVP to [email protected] by Wednesday 1 May 2019 or you can scroll down and submit your RSVP now.
Speaker : Dr Louise Gosbell, Mary Andrews College Sydney
Louise has a PhD in Ancient History at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her dissertation was focused on the experiences of people with physical impairments in the gospels of the New Testament. Louise has taught Biblical Studies at Wesley Institute in Sydney for 7 years and has had the opportunity to speak at numerous local and international conferences on disability and the Bible. She also works as a volunteer for CBM Australia helping Christian communities to become more inclusive for people living with a disability.
At the Sydney College of Divinity Annual Lecture, Louise will present some of her recent research that explores how the New Testament documents depict the human senses, focusing on the Gospel of John.
Book Launch : Professor James Harrison will launch Dr Louise Gosbell’s monograph ‘The Poor, the Crippled, the Blind, and the Lame’: Physical and Sensory Disability in the Gospels of the New Testament (2018, Mohr Siebeck), after the Lecture.
The monograph is the first major New Testament study of the interactions of the historical Jesus with people with disabilities. How did the gospel writers reinforce and reflect, as well as subvert, culturally-driven constructions of disability in the ancient world? What emerges is a strikingly original and masterful study of the ministry of Jesus against the backdrop of Second Temple Judaism and the Graeco-Roman world. Louise employs the visual, literary, and documentary evidence to construct a graphic portrait of the daily life of physically and social marginalised people in antiquity, and the radical dimension of Jesus’ ministry to them.