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Herr Lecture Series: David Goa

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David Goa is the former Director of the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta.

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Of all the sacred texts held dear in the human family, the Bible stands out as the most deeply human of revelations. It is the word about the Word of God, Jesus Christ, the Incarnation, the fullest expression Christians have of God’s Love and of what it means to be human. Because it is so deeply human it has been subject to enormous and tragic abuse. Because it is so deeply human it has been the source of what is life-giving even in the darkest hours. Jews and Christians have a variety of disciplines that cultivate a disposition intended to nurture the “hearing” of scripture as a healing word, a word that pulls empathy from enmity by deepening our attentiveness to the “Word made flesh and dwelling among us.” Can the Jewish spiritual disciplines that shaped how Jesus Christ first heard the scriptures, disciplines he held dear, help inform the way we read the Bible today?

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