More than ‘Symbolic Blackness’: Race and Ethnicity in the Bible and the Public Square

Dr. Gay L. Byron

Join us on Thursday, April 1st at 7:00pm for this exciting event presented by our MA in Religion and Public Life!

Watch the event from April 1st!

Dr. Gay L. Byron

About the lecture:

Racialized discourses and racial injustices are an integral part of contemporary life. So how do you teach about race and ethnicity in the Bible, and how can these insights be used to open a broader conversation about the role of biblical narratives in the public square? Join us online, via Zoom Webinar, for this discussion with The Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC.

About the speaker:

The Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. Her scholarship focuses on the origins of Christianity in ancient Ethiopia. She is the recipient of several fellowships for her research, which identifies and examines ancient Ethiopic (Ge`ez) sources for the study of the New Testament and other early Christian writings. She is the author of Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (Routledge Press) and co-editor of Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse (SBL Press). Dr. Byron is also an ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament (Teaching Elder) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She preaches and leads workshops throughout the country for a variety of denominational bodies, and lectures at theological schools and universities on topics dealing with race, ethnicity, and the Bible; African American and womanist hermeneutics; Ethiopic manuscripts; and early Ethiopian Christianity. She holds degrees from Florida State University (B.S.), Clark Atlanta University (M.B.A.), and Union Theological Seminary in New York City (M.Div. and Ph.D.).