St. Mary's University

Bible scholar Dempsey to explain prophets’ role in modern society

What does it mean to be a prophet? Are there still prophets today? Are we all prophets, in a way?

Carol J. Dempsey, OP, Ph.D., will present “Grappling with the Prophetic Tradition in the 21st Century” on campus Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. as part of the Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series.

Dempsey, Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Portland, will get inside the heads of the Bible’s ancient prophets who lead us into an understanding of who God is, who Jesus is, who we are, and who we are meant to be in a modern world beset by violence, yet still full of hope.

Special attention will be given to the Prophets volume of The Saint John’s Bible to discover how artistic expression illuminates the prophets’ message and vision.

The event will be held in Assumption Chapel in Reinbolt Hall. Those traveling to campus are asked to park in Lot V, off Camino Santa Maria; Lot D, near the NW 36th Street entrance; or Lot H, near the Culebra Road entrance.

Dempsey earned her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College, her master’s from St. Louis University, and her doctorate in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America, where she studied both Old and New Testament and biblical languages. She has written eight books, the most recent being The Bible and Literature. Her forthcoming books include Isaiah 1-39: Berit Olam Series: Studies in Hebrew Poetry and Isaiah: A Feminist Commentary.

About The Saint John’s Bible
The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 550 years, and its seven-volume Heritage Edition now resides at St. Mary’s University. The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The Heritage Edition, valued at about $150,000, is a full-scale reproduction of the original masterpiece; each volume measures 2 feet tall by 3 feet wide when open. Only 299 sets exist; St. Mary’s was the first in Texas to own one.

Rubén M. Escobedo (B.B.A. ’60) and his wife, Verόnica Salazar Escobedo, gave $500,000 in 2014 to create the Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series Endowment. The gift allows for the recruitment of scriptural scholars, research and curriculum design, and other programming as St. Mary’s continues to move forward in establishing a Center for Catholic Studies.

St. Mary’s acquired the Bible in 2013 through the generosity of John and Susan Morrison, longtime friends of St. Mary’s President Thomas M. Mengler, J.D.