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Dr. Douglas Presents Paper at SBL in Vienna, Austria

by Office of Marketing | Sep 30, 2014
Dr. Douglas
Department of Church Ministries Chair Jerome Douglas, Ph.D., presented his second scholarly paper discussing Old Testament literature at the 2014 Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) International Meeting on July 8, at the University of Vienna, in Austria.

The SBL International Meeting is held annually in cities worldwide. The meeting is a forum for international scholars to gather and discuss selected topics from biblical literature. Scholars present an abstract of their chosen essay and, if accepted, are invited to present their work to other scholars at the conference. Douglas was honored with an invitation to present his essay.

Douglas has taught at the University of Valley Forge since 2006. In addition to serving as chair, he teaches a number of courses in the Department of Church Ministries — his expertise being Old Testament literature. After reading a recently published dissertation on post-colonial readings of scripture, Douglas decided to add more to the conversation by writing about his own views and discoveries. 

His paper, “Resistance from the Margins: Reading from the book of Jeremiah Through a Post-colonial Lens,” examines key passages in the book of Jeremiah from the standpoint of a marginalized people group. At the SBL, he spoke on Jeremiah 31:31–34 and how the text could be used by an overpowered group to fight or realign themselves in the midst of colonization. 

After the presentations concluded, most topics were open for discussion, giving time for the participants and attendees to ask questions. “One of the most enjoyable parts of this conference is the interaction after the paper has been presented,” Douglas said. 

Douglas described the conversations as fruitful interactions. "In that environment, you are with other people who have studied a great deal in the field and have a lot of input,” he explained. “We always leave sharper and more in tune when we learn in a setting of give and take.” A setting also valuable within the university classrooms, as Douglas and other faculty cultivate conversations with students where they can sharpen one another academically.