October 13 Encountering The Saint John's Bible
Program begins at 2:00 PM in Joslyn's Abbott Lecture Hall


A special four-part lecture series celebrating Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible. Presented by Creighton faculty, at Joslyn, on select Sun­days at 2 pm, Encountering The Saint John’s Bible examines the composition and canonization of the Bible. Programs are free with general Museum admission.

Visitors wishing to view Word and Image: The Saint John's Bible must obtain a ticket at the admissions desk for entrance to the exhibition ($10 general public adults; $5 college students with ID; free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger).

“The Bible and Its Interpreters: Making Meaning out of Genesis 3”
Presented by Dr. Dulcinea Boesenberg

Most people are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, in which Satan tempts Eve to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and humanity falls into sin. However, the text of Genesis 3 does not mention Satan, a fall, or sin! These elements are familiar because Genesis 3 is generally read in light of the interpretations of ancient Jews and Christians who answered the questions raised by the sparse narrative of Genesis 3 with the assumption that the text contained lessons for them.

Recognizing this distinction between a text and its interpretations, how should modern readers make sense of biblical texts? Do they contain lessons for us, and, if so, are they the same lessons that ancient readers found?

DULCINEA BOESENBERG is an Assistant Professor of Theology at Creighton University. She holds a PhD from Notre Dame is in the area of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, and her research focus on the New Testament and Second Temple Judaism.