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Hearing the Scriptures: A Conversation with Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Hearing the Scriptures: A Conversation with Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Thursday, October 27 at 2 pm EDT via Zoom

"Faith comes by hearing," says St. Paul (Rom 10:17). Accordingly, the Orthodox faith is taught, proclaimed, and celebrated in the many hymns of the Church. They are not only important to worship; the hymnographic tradition is key to Orthodox theology. They have a great deal to teach us about the Scriptures: how they are interpreted and how, in the life of the Church, the Scriptures guide and exhort the faithful on the path to salvation. Join Fr Eugen Pentiuc and Dr Michael Legaspi for a discussion of Fr Pentiuc's exciting new book, Hearing the Scriptures: Liturgical Exegesis of the Old Testament in Byzantine Orthodox Hymnography, in which Fr Pentiuc illuminates the subtle, profound, and beautiful way the Scriptures are interpreted, enacted, and experienced in the hymns of the Church.

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Archbishop Demetrios Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity and Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, will be speaking on Hearing the Scriptures: A Conversation with the Rev. Eugen J. Pentiuc.

This is an event hosted by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University on October 27. Moderator Dr. Michael Legaspi, Associate Professor of Scripture (Old Testament) at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York. The conversation will be centered on Fr. Pentiuc’s exciting new book, Hearing the Scriptures: Liturgical Exegesis of the Old Testament in Byzantine Orthodox Hymnography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

Registration is required here. 

About the Speakers:

Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Ph.D. (Harvard University), Th.D. (Bucharest University), D.D. (Babes-Bolyai University) is Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins and Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Fr. Pentiuc’s scholarly focus is on Old Testament biblical exegesis and theology as well as reception history (patristic and Byzantine liturgical interpretation). Fr. Pentiuc is the author of many books, among which: West Semitic Vocabulary in the Akkadian Texts from Emar (Harvard Semitic Studies 49. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns Press, 2001); Long-Suffering Love: A Commentary on Hosea with Patristic Annotations (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Press, 2002); Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible (New York / Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2005); The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014); Hosea: The Word of the Lord That Happened to Hosea (Leuven: Peeters Press, 2017): Hearing and Seeing the Scriptures: Liturgical Exegesis of the Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021). Fr. Pentiuc also edited The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in Orthodox Christianity (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022).

Michael Legaspi is associate professor of Scripture (Old Testament) at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY. He has taught at Creighton University, Penn State University, and Phillips Academy. He is the author of The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Wisdom in Classical and Biblical Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2018), as well as various reviews, journal articles, and contributions to edited volumes.


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