Brevard Jewish Community Launches New Lecture Series
With “Ungodly Facts, Real Power, and Holy Fear” by Dr. Ellen Davis
The first annual Ken Wallston Community Talk will be Friday, Jan. 15 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Zoom. It will be delivered by Professor Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School. The title of her presentation will be “Ungodly Facts, Real Power, and Holy Fear.” Dr. Davis asks, “Can the biblical story really help us to think about and respond to the ‘ungodly facts’ of contemporary climate change? We will look at the book of Exodus, seeking insight, wisdom, and hope for our own time and culture.”
Professor Davis is the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley and her doctorate from Yale. She is the author of eleven books and numerous articles. Her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009), integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production. Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship and Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 2014), explores the prophetic role and word across both Testaments of the Christian Bible. Her most recent books are Preaching the Luminous Word (Eerdmans, 2016), a collection of her sermons and essays, and Opening Israel’s Scriptures (Oxford, 2019), a comprehensive theological reading of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.
A lay Episcopalian, she has long been active as a theological consultant within the Anglican Communion. Her current work explores the arts as modes of scriptural interpretation.