A Judaic New Testament scholar will present the next session of OCU’s Neustadt Lectures.
The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4, at Temple B’nai Israel, located at 4901 N. Pennsylvania Ave. The lectures are open to the public.
Aaron Gale’s lecture, entitled “The Jewish Context of the New Testament,” will discuss archaeology and the Gospel of Matthew as they relate to the Jewish experience. The lecture will begin with a discussion between Gale and Professor Lisa Wolfe of OCU, who is a Christian Hebrew Bible scholar. Wolf is the endowed chair of Hebrew Bible, and teaches with the Wimberly School of Religion.
Gale currently serves as an associate professor and religious studies coordinator at West Virginia University. He has researched the Jewish roots of early Christianity as it relates to the community associated with Matthew’s gospel. In these studies, he also serves as an area supervisor at the Bethsaida Excavation Project in Israel, where he mentors university students in his field each summer.
The series will continue at 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, where Gale will discuss Matthew’s Gospel and Judaism during the regular 1 p.m. chapel service. At 2:30 p.m. Gale will host a lecture titled “Archaeology: A Window to the Biblical world” in the chapel’s Watson Lounge.
Gale’s presentation is present by the Neustadt Lecture Series, which was established in 1983 by Walter and Dolores Neustadt. The couple endowed the series for the purpose of “strengthening understanding of the great contributions of the Judaic tradition to Western civilization and thought.” Each semester, religious and historical scholars are invited to Oklahoma City to give lectures involving Hebrew Scripture, Judaic thought, and Jewish ethics and art.
For more information on the lecture or the lecture series, call 405-208-5484, or visit the website.