Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity Lecture

October 9, 2012

In the Presence of the Whirlwind

The Sixth W.A. Welsh Seminar

Saturday, October 13  (9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.)

Marti Steussy, MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Christian Theological Seminary

Presented by:  Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Brite Divinity School

First Christian Church, 910 S. Collins St., Arlington, TX


Does the Bible always give us answers, or does it sometimes just help us ask the questions?  The soaring poetry of the book of Job is beautiful and highly quotable.  However, it is also terrifying, because it shows how our language about God’s power and justice can become brutal in the face of innocent suffering.  Join Hebrew Bible scholar Marti Steussy for an exploration of this difficult book.  Does it tell us why God allows suffering?  What can we learn from it about companioning those who suffer?  Do God’s speeches from the whirlwind bring peace to Job or just blow him away?  Is it true that Job repents?  What light does the book of Job shed for us as we seek to minister to trauma in our own world?

Marti Steussy is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) whose academic interests include biblical storytelling, spirituality, and cognitive science, with canonical specializations in the books of Samuel, Psalms, and Job.  She is a founding member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers’ Scholars’ Seminar and the Indiana Center for Trauma Studies.  Among her publications are two science fiction novels and five biblical studies books, including the Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament, the Psalms volume of the Chalice Commentary for Today, and Samuel and His God.  Her current project is a book on Dealing with Difficult Stories.


Student registration is $5 and includes a light lunch.  To register see Sandy Brandon in MOR 20.