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).