Theological Guest: Dr. Hans de Wit

Intercultural Reading of the Bible

March 2–3, 2017 | Lectureship

The events on March 2 and 3 are free of charge and open to the public.

Thursday, March 2

11:45 am–12:15 pm • Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount
Homily: “Read this then as a long-awaited letter”: My journey with the Bible

1:30 –3:00 pm • Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount
Lecture 1: “I will not let you go unless you bless me”: The story of intercultural reading of the Bible

Friday, March 3

10:30–Noon • Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount
Lecture 2: “This has been a divine experience”: The reconciling and transformative potential of intercultural reading of the Bible”

1:30 –3:00 pm • Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount
Lecture 3: “Stony the road we trod?”: The way ahead for intercultural reading of the Bible


March 4, 2017 | Workshop

Intercultural reading of the Bible in the congregation: An interactive workshop to explore Luke 18 from global Christian perspectives

9 am–Noon • Waltner Hall, Room 214

Led by Dr. Hans de Wit, in conversation with Mary Schertz, Ph.D., professor of New Testament; and Daniel Schipani, Ph.D., Dr.Psy., professor of pastoral care and counseling. Cost is $25/regular; $10/student.

Please note: The workshop is not part of the Theological Lectureship; it is an offering of AMBS’s Church Leadership Center. Find out more and register.


About Dr. Hans de Wit

A scholar of the Old Testament, Dr. Hans de Wit's life was profoundly shaped when he spent nearly 10 years at the Comunidad Teológica Evangélica in Chile. While there, he researched and wrote widely on what has been called the Latin American “biblical movement,” including popular readings of Scripture in base communities and beyond. His dissertation focused on learning about Bible reading from the poor.

Dr. de Wit has lectured and travelled as a visiting professor in almost all Latin American countries and in many countries in Asia, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe. He has also been a contributor to numerous specialized journals and publications, including Bible commentaries, essays and monographs on exegesis and hermeneutics, contextual and intercultural hermeneutics, methodology, and Bible reading with “ordinary” people.

“Quietly, almost imperceptibly, biblical study has been undergoing a Copernican revolution. Much of the impetus comes from the Southern hemisphere, but Eurocentric methods are also undergoing change. People are recovering the Bible’s capacity to act as a catalyst for self-criticism and transformation. They are learning to read scripture from multicultural perspectives, and have their own preconceptions challenged by the authenticity of the experience of others’ encounters with the text.”— Walter Wink, former professor of biblical interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York City

Dr. Hans de Wit, Theological Guest

Professor Hans de Wit brings a passion for understanding the boundary between exegesis and ordinary readings of the Bible.