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Feminist Theologian to Speak

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

The Jarvis Lecture at East Carolina University will feature theologian Phyllis Trible. The 15th annual lecture on Christianity and Culture will be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Willis Building at ECU at the corner of First and Reade Streets.


Trible, a professor of religion at Wake Forest University’s Divinity School, will discuss the role of the Bible in contemporary American culture in her lecture “Taking back the Bible.”

“The lecture explores the nature and role of the Bible in contemporary American, with the aim of finding in it a blessing. The need to wrestle with this scripture stands over against those who denounce it and those who read it literally,” Trible said.

Calvin Mercer, co-director of ECU’s Religious Studies Program, said he is pleased to welcome Trible to ECU.

“Dr. Trible has been a pioneer of provocative, scholarly interpretation of the Bible,” he said.  

“I heard her lecture when I was a young seminarian and have followed her career through the years. An excellent linguist, she brings fresh insights to old texts and does it very capably.”

Trible is an internationally known feminist biblical scholar. She is author and editor of six books including God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality and Texts of Terror:  Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative.

Free parking is available at the Willis Building. For additional information, contact Calvin Mercer by email at or by telephone at 328-4310.

This page originally appeared in the Sept. 1, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at