April 1, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Parables of Jesus Conference will be held Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, in Stirn Auditorium, near the Mead Art Museum, at Amherst College. The conference, sponsored by the Amherst College religion department and the Willis D. Wood Fund, will feature six well-known scholars of parables, who will do close readings of several parables and facilitate audience discussion.

The events begin at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8, with a lecture by Bernard Brandon Scott, Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament at the Phillips Theological Seminary, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The morning session on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 9 a.m., will include talks with Jonathan Reed, professor of religion at the University of La Verne; Glenna Jackson, associate professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Otterbein College; and Mary Ann Beavis, associate professor of religious studies at St. Thomas More, University of Saskatchewan. The afternoon session, beginning at 2 p.m., will feature Steven Patterson, professor of New Testament, Eden Theological Seminary; Adela Collins, Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School; and a roundtable discussion. The day will close with a reception in Stirn Lobby at 5 p.m.

The latest information on the conference can be found on its Website. For more information or reservations please contact Diane Dix at 413/542-2181 or dldix@amherst.edu.