Dr. Christopher Rowland, Oxford University


Dr. Christopher Rowland, the recently retired Dean Ireland’s Professor for the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, was the 2015 Pierce Visiting Scholar (a faculty exchange program between Oxford College and Oxford University that is run by the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement.

Dr. Rowland gave two public lectures. The first one, picture above and below, was the  Pierce Visiting Scholar lecture at Oxford College on March 24, 2015. The lecture, “From Impulse Not From Rules: Jesus and His Radical Followers,” was well-received by the students and faculty members who attended.

Dr. Rowland, one of the pioneers of the Reception History of the Bible, also met with our Honors Seminar on the Reception History of the Parables. Dr. Rowland gave each of the students valuable feedback on their projects and advice about how to proceed.

The class also was able to have dinner with Dr. Rowland and his wife Catherine right before Dr. Rowland gave his lecture at Oxford.

The students also received an autographed copy of one of Dr. Rowland’s books (they chose which one they wanted).



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About David B Gowler Dr

Dr. David B. Gowler is the Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Chair of Religion; Founding Director, The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement, Oxford College of Emory University; and Senior Faculty Fellow, the Center for Ethics, Emory University. Dr. Gowler is the author of Host, Guest, Enemy, and Friend: Portraits of the Pharisees in Luke and Acts; What Are They Saying about the Parables?; What Are They Saying about the Historical Jesus?; and James through the Centuries. His books have been translated into French, Korean, and Japanese. Gowler’s current project is a book on the reception history of the parables that will be published by Baker Academic Press. He has also published dozens of articles, book chapters, and book reviews, is the editor or coeditor of seventeen books—the most recent being a 2012 volume with Oxford University Press, Radical Christian Voices and Practice—and has served as coeditor of Emory Studies in Early Christianity since 1991. Dr. Gowler previously taught at Berry College and was assistant dean for academic affairs and professor of religion at Chowan University. Since arriving at Oxford, Gowler has received numerous teaching awards, including the 2014 Emory Williams Teaching Award, the Phi Theta Kappa Teacher of the Year, the Mizell Award for Superior Performance in Furthering the Education of Students, and a national award, the Jerry G. Gaff Award for Faculty Excellence from the Association of General and Liberal Studies. Gowler also has received numerous grants for teaching, Pierce Institute initiatives, and his academic research, including a stint as a visiting theologian on theFaculty of Theology, University of Oxford, England. As the founding director of the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement, he created and manages the Pierce Institute, which now houses 26 affiliated programs that focus on ethical leadership and/or engagement with the community. Dr. Gowler also joined the faculty of Emory University’s Center for Ethics in August 2009.

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