Mount lecture examines the portrayal of motherhood in the Bible

December 13, 2018

mount professor lectures about the portrayal of motherhood in the bible

Alicia D. Myers, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbell University Divinity School, discussed the depiction of motherhood in the New Testament at her recent Mount Saint Mary College talk.

Alicia D. Myers, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbell University Divinity School, presented “Pregnant Prophecies and Soul-Food: Motherhood and Theology in the New Testament” recently at Mount Saint Mary College.
The free public talk was part of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute speaker series.
“People in the ancient Mediterranean world understood life much differently than we do,” noted Myers. “Nevertheless, when reading our Bibles, we can often forget this fact – and overlook the importance it has to our interpretation of what we read.”
With this observation in mind, Meyers explored how ancients understood conception, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, and child-rearing in order to shed light on both maternal characters in the New Testament as well as maternal metaphors.
“The ancients thought that motherhood was a way to redeem what they saw deficient about women,” she said.
Myers earned her PhD from Baylor University in 2010. Prior to joining the faculty at Campbell, she taught at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. A constant feature of her research is an interest in how Greco-Roman rhetoric and literatures can aid our understanding of the New Testament, especially the Gospel of John. Her most recent book explores presentations of mothers and maternal metaphors in the New Testament and is published with Oxford University Press, Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament (2017). Her current book project is a commentary on the Gospel and Letters of John for the Reading the New Testament Series (Smyth & Helwys).
The event is sponsored by the Catholic and Dominican Institute (CDI). CDI promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances the Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues, and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.