The Southeast Asian Lay Training Program at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (May 26-30,2014)
“Exile and Return in Isaiah 40-55”
Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Cuéllar has a wide range of teaching experience, both as a professor and a pastor. As a scholar, he has had international exposure from Latin America to Europe. His research focuses on emerging theories of Biblical Interpretation. His most recent book is Voices of Marginality: Exile and Return in Second Isaiah 40-55 and the Mexican Immigrant Experience (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). His forthcoming book is Archival Criticism: The Interrogation of Contexts and Texts in Early Modern Biblical Criticism.
The primary focus of this course is to engage in a close reading of Isaiah 40-55, emphasizing the themes of exile and return. Alongside examining the nature of Hebrew prophecy, this course also seeks to offer an overview of the various critical methods for interpreting prophetic texts.
“The Power of Story”
Rev. Dr. Beverly J. Jones
Professor of Theology
The Rev. Dr. Beverly J. Jones serves as University Chaplain at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and teaches regularly at Austin Seminary. She received her Ph.D. in the Theology and Personality (emphasis in Religious Education) and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She especially loves the intersections of faith and learning, appreciating that our faith grows with knowledge and our knowledge becomes meaningful as we put our trust in God and God’s love for us and for the world.
This course will examine story as a primary way we grow in self-understanding and as formative for faith. Students will engage Biblical stories, stories of church and their own life stories as powerful for responding to God’s call in their lives and for sharing their faith with others.