Theologian Thomas M. Bolin, Ph.D., will present “Turtles All the Way Down: New Ways of Looking at Old Texts” on campus Tuesday, Feb. 21, as part of the Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series.
Bolin is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and a former Theology department faculty member at St. Mary’s University.
He will discuss wisdom, using The Saint John’s Bible as a guide for his presentation. Volumes of the Bible will be on display.
Bolin’s research focuses on the ancient literary and cultural contexts of the Hebrew Bible as well as ancient Israelite history, specifically wisdom literature and post-exilic texts. He also focuses on hermeneutics – interpretation of biblical writing. He teaches courses in Theology, Religious Studies and Classical Studies at St. Norbert.
The event will be held at 4 p.m. 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.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Bolin will present “Through a Glass Darkly: Image and Text in the Book of Job” as part of the University’s Saint John’s Bible outreach program to make the Bible accessible to San Antonio and beyond. The public is invited to attend.
Bolin will examine the ambiguities in Job and how Jewish and Christian readers have addressed them. Bolin will look at a number of manuscripts of Job, including The Saint John’s Bible, to see how the interplay between word and picture helps create understanding.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church, McDonald Family Center, Room 106, 10703 Wurzbach Road.
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 owns the only one in Texas.
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.
St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.