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The Making of a Heroine: the Book of Judith and Its Use of Hebrew Scripture

Date & Time:
March 1, 2019 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SS 541
The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Andrews is the Principal and Helliwell Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Wycliffe College, Toronto. Prior to taking on this role in 2016, he was the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma headquartered in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, and President and Vice-Chancellor of Thorneloe University, Sudbury. He has a PhD from the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and has published and speaks widely on topics to do with biblical hermeneutics. He taught in the Joint Department of Religious Studies at Laurentian University and was the Director of the Thorneloe School of Theology program. Wycliffe College honoured him with a D.D. in 2010 and Thorneloe University granted an Sacrae Theologiae Doctor in 2016. 

Featuring beauty, intrigue, sex and violence, The Book of Judith has been described as an ancient Jewish novel. As a tale of piety’s victory over politics, it has provided both entertainment and inspiration for generations of commentators and artists. So why does it stand outside the Jewish canon? This talk will explore some of the ways the story teller uses the Hebrew Scripture to cast the heroine as an avenging figure of patriarchal stature, and how this may have subverted the author’s nationalistic intentions.