The Catholic Biblical Association of America held its 73rd international meeting July 31 to Aug. 3 at Loyola Marymount University. The participants explored topics in archaeology, history and ancient languages as they relate to the Bible in presentations of major papers and panel discussions.
LMU Interim President David W. Burcham welcomed the approximately 300 scholars to the campus saying , “LMU shares your hunger for research and learning.” He encouraged members of the group to explore the many collections and displays of interest available in the William H. Hannon Library, including a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible.
The Catholic Biblical Association advances the scientific study of the Bible, in conformity with the spirit and the instructions of the Catholic Church. As its Old Testament and New Testament scholarship has grown, the association has become inclusive and many non-Catholics and Jews are among its members. The association also promotes biblical study with grants to students in doctoral Scripture programs, to young scholars after graduation and by providing help in funding archaeological digs.
The conference received task force reports on “Social Sciences and New Testament Interpretations” and “Feminist Biblical Hermeneutics,” held seminars on academic inquiry and offered scores of discussion sessions on a range of topics, including biblical passage interpretations and “Uses of the Bible in the Political Rhetoric of President Barack Obama.”
Posted Aug. 2, 2010