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Public Lecture

God’s Voice in the Whirlwind: How Biblical Poetry Offers Hope Amidst Suffering, Grief, and Loss

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 at 7:30PM - 9:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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About the Lecture

In this lecture, Old Testament scholar Beth Stovell will explore how biblical poetry offers a framework for understanding suffering, grief, and loss—and for finding a renewed vision of hope. Biblical poetry attests to God's desire to meet us in our darkest places. We hear voices in these dark places ringing out in the lament of the Psalmist, the cries of Job, the questions of the prophets, and their echoes in the New Testament in the words of Jesus. Alongside these calls of suffering, grief, and loss, biblical poetry shows us paths towards hope, restoration, and renewal. This lecture will explore how the unique elements within biblical poetry such as performance, voicing, and metaphor facilitate this new understanding.

About the Speaker

Dr. Beth M. Stovell is Professor of Old Testament and Chair of General Theological Studies at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta. Beth loves exploring biblical metaphors and poetry. Her published books reflect this. Mapping Metaphorical Discourse in the Fourth Gospel (Brill) explores Jesus's kingship. Making Sense of Motherhood: Biblical and Theological Perspectives (Wipf and Stock) explores biblical and theological motherhood imagery. Theodicy and Hope in the Book of the Twelve (T&T Clark, co-edited with George Athas, Daniel Timmer, and Colin Toffelmire) explores imagery of suffering and hope in the Minor Prophets. She is currently writing a book on biblical poetry and commentaries on John's Gospel, the Minor Prophets, and Ezekiel. Beth has been working in ministry contexts for over twenty years and works alongside her husband, Jon Stovell, on the national team for her denomination, Vineyard Canada. They have two kids, Elena and Atticus.

Dr. Stovell is teaching Reading and Preaching Biblical Poetry from August 1 to August 5 as part of Regent’s 2022 Summer Programs.

Format and Attendance

Regent intends to offer this lecture as a live event in the College’s chapel. Under current provincial policies, this event will not require attendees to show proof of vaccination. Please be aware, however, that Regent’s event protocols will follow the guidelines in place on the event date.

This lecture will also be streamed live online, and we look forward to being joined by friends from around the world. A recording will be available for a limited time after the event.

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Speaking at this Event


Beth M. Stovell

Chair, General Theological Studies and Professor of Old Testament (Ambrose Seminary)

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