Dr. Timothy Carmody to present Caestecker Chair Lecture, “Hearing God in the Garden: The Image of Eden throughout the Bible,” March 21

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 2:15pm
Dr. Tim Carmody

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Timothy Carmody, professor of theology at Spring Hill College, will present the Caestecker Chair Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in Byrne Memorial Hall. Carmody was named the Thomas E. Caestecker Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts in 2009. He will present “Hearing God in the Garden: The Image of Eden throughout the Bible.”

The lecture will examine how the Garden of Eden story – with its many central elements of garden, trees, rivers, gems, fruit, man and woman, and serpent – is used in other books of the Bible. In addition Genesis 2-3, Carmody will focus on four texts: Ezekiel, Song of Songs, Paul’s Letters (primarily 1 Corinthians), and Johannine Literature (Gospel of John and Revelation).

“I will try to show how reading the Bible as a dialogue between different texts can help the reader hear each individual voice in new ways,” Carmody says.  “This kind of reading respects both the creativity of the original writers and the creativity of the reader who generates new meanings and possibilities from the dialogue.”

Carmody joined the theology faculty at Spring Hill College in 1989. He has a Ph.D. in biblical studies from The Catholic University of America and is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association. He served as president of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry in 2009-2010.  His area of specialization is narrative criticism, and his topics of interest include the Gospels, Genesis, Judges, Ruth, the Letters of Paul, the Book of Revelation and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Following “Reading the Bible,” published by Paulist Press in 2004, Carmody’s second book for Paulist, “Mark: Question by Question,” was published in spring 2010. In October 2011, Alba House Communications issued a 10-set CD collection of lectures by Carmody titled “The Gospel of Mark.”

Thomas E. Caestecker provided $1 million to establish the chair in 1996. The Rev. William Rewak, S.J., then president of Spring Hill College, said the chair symbolizes the college’s commitment to the liberal arts and is awarded “more on the basis of faculty qualification – teaching, availability, scholarship – than on curricular considerations.”

The Caestecker Chair Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or directions, call the Spring Hill College Division of Philosophy and Theology at (251) 380-4660.