The Nils W. Lund Memorial Lectureship

Every autumn, one or more distinguished biblical scholars come to the Seminary to focus on current developments in biblical studies and the task of preaching. The Lund Memorial Scholarship was founded by Hugo A. Anderson in 1960 in memory of Dr. Nils W. Lund, dean and biblical scholar at the Seminary from 1922–1954.

The Lund Lectures take place in September, in the days before the Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture.

A live–stream of the lectures can be found here.

September 28–29, 2016
9:00 am–Noon

Isaacson Chapel at North Park University
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Guest lecturers Dr. Susan Eastman from Duke Divinity School and Dr. Iain Provan from Regent College will each present two-part lectures on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. This annual two-day lectureship is free and open to the public.


Susan EastmanSusan Grove Eastman’s scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the formation and transformation of Christian identity. Her first book, Recovering Paul’s Mother Tongue: Language and Theology in Galatians (Eerdmans, 2006), explored Paul’s use of familial imagery to proclaim the gospel’s transforming and sustaining power in the life of Christian communities. More recent work has focused on Paul’s understanding of Israel in Galatians and Romans, and on the theme of the incarnation in Philippians. Her current research investigates questions of participation and identity formation through a close reading of key Pauline texts in their first century context and in conversation with contemporary work in the fields of cognitive psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience. With appointments in both the biblical and ministerial divisions, Dr. Eastman teaches courses on the New Testament, the Bible in the church, Pauline anthropology, and preaching Paul. Ordained in the Episcopal Church, she has served churches from New York to Alaska, in addition to her scholarly work.


Iain Provan

Iain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. He was born and educated in the U.K., concluding his formal education with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He has written a number of books within the discipline of biblical studies, but his two most recent works branch out into areas of religion and culture, in which he has a strong interest: Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World That Never Was (2013) and Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (2014), both published by Baylor University Press. He is a grant recipient with and an alumnus of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung in Germany, and he is a Life Member of Clare Hall in Cambridge. He is married, with four adult children, and his main hobby is fly-fishing.


September 28

New Testament Lund Lectures
Dr. Susan Eastman, Associate Research Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

Paul and Personal Flourishing

 9:00–10:30 am Being Bodies: Paul's Body Language and Ours
10:30 am–Noon
Knowing God: Cognition and the Spirit in Paul's Thought

September 29

Old Testament Lund Lectures
Dr. Iain Provan, Marshal Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College

Were the Reformers Wrong? Some Reflections on Protestant Biblical Interpretation

 9:00–10:30 am On the Meaning of Words: The Literal, the Spiritual, and the Plain Confusing
10:30 am–Noon
Empty Speculations and Froth: The Reformers and Allegorical Reading

With questions, please contact (773) 244-6214 or gbrown@northpark.edu.

Previous Lectures

  • 2011: Dr. Hugh G.M. Williamson, professor of religion and W.W. Melton Chair at Baylor University, and Dr. Bruce W. Longenecker, Religious Professor of Hebrew at the University of Oxford
  • 2012: Dr. Stephen Barton, reader in New Testament (retired) at Durham University, and Dr. Dennis T. Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology at Princeton Theoogical Seminary
  • 2013: Dr. Paul Tribilco, professor of New Testament at Otago University, and Dr. M. Daniel Carroll Rodas, distinguished professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. 
  • 2014: Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, distinguished professor of New Testament at Baylor University, and Dr. Tremper Longman, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College
  • 2015: Dr. Bo Lim, associate professor of Old Testament at Seattle Pacific University, and Dr. Emerson Powery, professor of Biblical Studies at Messiah College.