|Mount Aloysius Spring Ecumenical Lecture||03/28/2013|
Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College has announced their Spring Ecumenical Lecture for 2013. This year the event will feature Dr. David deSilva, professor of New Testament and Greek at the Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. Dr. deSilva will discuss “The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James and Jude.“ The event will take place at Mount Aloysius College in the Cosgrave Student Center on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to register should call the College at (814) 886-6335 or go online at www.mtaloy.edu/ecumenical-
A member of the faculty of Biblical Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary since 1995, Dr. David deSilva has specialized in the fields of Second Temple Judaism, the social and cultural environment of the first-century Greco-Roman world, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Revelation of John.
deSilva earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Princeton University; a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, specializing in New Testament Studies; and a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University, with emphases on New Testament interpretation, Roman history, and sociology of religion.
Promoted to associate professor in 1999 and a full professor in 2002, Dr. deSilva has published 11 academic books, including four Maccabees: Introduction and Commentary on the Greek Text (Brill, 2006), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (InterVarsity, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2000), Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000), and The Hope of Glory: Honor Discourse and New Testament Interpretation (Liturgical Press, 1999). He has also published over 60 articles in refereed journals, collections of essays, and reference works.He has taken leadership roles in the Society of Biblical Literature as a member of several steering committees and founding program chair of the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity seminar. In 2001, deSilva was elected to the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He received an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship to study in Tuebingen, Germany, for the 2006-2007 academic year.
deSilva is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, and has served congregations as an organist and choir director since 1985. He has written extensively for adult Christian education and spiritual formation resources. In 2005, he was named the University’s sixth Trustees’ Professor, an academic honor awarded by the Board of Trustees to a professor who is recognized as an outstanding educator, researcher and campus leader.