Conference links Bible, justice


By Celine Klosterman

Richard Horsley gave the first keynote talk at the St. Ambrose Conference on Bible and Justice May 30.

DAVENPORT – Concern for justice drives the authors of many books of the Bible, Richard Horsley told about 100 people at St. Ambrose University May 30.
Stories of struggles against imperial domination – and the economic, social and spiritual oppression that accompanied it – are found throughout Scripture, he noted.
In his keynote address at the first St. Ambrose Conference on Bible and Justice, he focused on the issue of empire, one of four themes the conference highlighted May 30 to June 2. In a separate keynote address at the Figge Art Museum May 31, Elsa Tamez explored poverty’s relationship to greed and structural sin.
About 40 other conference speakers from around the world included two keynoters who discussed issues of gender and the environment in Scripture.

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