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The Book of Job and the Transmission of Biblical Wisdom

May 18, 2018
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Stuart J. FosterServing in Mission

Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute

Open to current students and faculty. Lunch will be served.

All too often, reading Scripture is merely an exercise in self-flattery and reinforcing our own preconceptions. But reading Scripture cross-culturally draws us more deeply into the text and undoes some of those preconceptions. Reading Job, one of Scripture’s most enigmatic books, in Lomwe with Lomwe-speakers can surprise a North American reader, illuminating what is present and what is absent. This presentation will center on a close-reading of passages from the text of Job.

Image: Job and His Friends, Ilya Repin via Wikimedia Commons.


The Rev. Dr. Stuart J. Foster (AB, Harvard, MDiv and ThM, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, DTh, University of Stellenbosch) is an evangelical missionary with Serving in Mission (SIM) and a Bible translation consultant. With his family, he has lived and worked in rural Mozambique since 1986, 25 of them as exegete for the United Bible Society project to translate the whole Bible for the two million people who speak Lomwe (published 2017).


Paul Mankowski, SJ is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi InstituteA native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, Paul Mankowski has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a PhD in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.