Dr. Sheila McGinn: The Bible through the Eyes of the Hungry, Pt. 1

Event details

  • Sunday | February 1, 2015
  • 10:00 am
  • St. Paul's Dining Room

Join us for the first of a two-part Adult Forum session on Poverty, Homelessness and Hunger in the Scriptures on Sundays, February 1 and 8, at 10 a.m. in the Dining Room. We’ll welcome back Dr. Sheila McGinn, Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity at John Carroll University, who will share insights from her new book By Bread Alone: The Bible through the Eyes of the Hungry.

Important ecclesiastical documents have stressed the urgency of world hunger and emphasized its natural and historical causes, but such concerns are often sidelined when reading the Bible. Human needs for food, water, and shelter play a central role in the biblical traditions, in the Old and New Testaments alike, yet often biblical texts like Jesus’ well-known adage that humans do not live “by bread alone” have been used to marginalize vitally important “this-worldly” concerns in favor of an “other-worldly” spirituality.

Dr. McGinn will introduce a “hermeneutic of hunger” as a counterpoint to an excessively “other-worldly” reading of the Bible. The dynamics of poverty, homelessness, and hunger take central stage in the scriptures; such concerns rightly shape the work of contemporary biblical interpretation as well. Select examples from the Bible will be used to explore the dynamics of privation in the ancient and contemporary worlds and challenge participants to take seriously the biblical concern to “feed the hungry.”

All are welcome!