A theologian will examine the last words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark during a free talk at 3:40 p.m. Friday, April 8 Tower Hall room 4119. The public is welcome.
Bill Campbell, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the College, has a particular interest in Mark's Gospel. His talk is titled, "‘My God, My God, Why Have You Abandoned Me?' (Mark 15:34): Gospel Christology and Spirituality."
Mark's version of Jesus' last words have stunned readers over the centuries, and bring up thought-provoking questions: Why would Jesus speak to God in this way just moments before his death? And why would Mark present such words so prominently as part of the crucifixion scene? Interpreters have proposed a variety of solutions to these questions, none of them particularly persuasive.
Campbell will argue that this passage - traditionally known as the "cry of abandonment" - does not represent an isolated narrative event. Rather, the verse is the culmination of two prominent Christological themes in Mark's Gospel: first, injustice and Jesus' response to it; and second, abandonment and Jesus' experience of it. Campbell will also explore how these two themes inform a spirituality rooted in Mark's Gospel.
The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
Campbell's talk is part of a faculty colloquium series now in its ninth year. The series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters.