One of the best things about Pittsburgh Seminary is our faculty. One of the best things about our faculty is their accessibility. Everywhere you go you are bumping into one professor or another. Whether engaging by office appointment (or an open door), eating lunch together in the cafeteria, or worshipping in the chapel, PTS students and faculty spend a lot of time with one another.
However, in the midst of class syllabi and the familiarity of daily encounter, a professor’s scholarly work can sometimes go unnoticed unless they teach a class on that particular topic. This is where Faculty Colloquium comes in.
Several times each year, the Evangelical Student Fellowship (ESF) sponsors a community-wide colloquium where a faculty member is invited to present one of their recent publications. The presenter then chooses a respondent from among his or her colleagues (usually across-discipline) to provide a reaction to the work. The event follows that same sequence and is followed by a Q&A session. The intent of the colloquium is to foster even greater student-faculty relationships, and also to provide faculty members and administrators the opportunity to see what their colleagues are up to. This event involves everyone at PTS!
Wed., Dec. 13 was our most recent colloquium. Professor Dale Allison, Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, presented on his latest publication, Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History. Professor Allison spoke briefly on how we remember things and why this is important for properly understanding the reliability of the Jesus traditions as recorded in the Gospels. This work truly has the potential to introduce a major shift in historical Jesus research. But, as amazing as that may be, I believe that I was most impressed with the characteristic humility that Dr. Allison displayed in his lecture.
These are the qualities that the PTS faculty has to offer: world class scholarship, to be sure, and more importantly, the fruits of the Spirit. I am grateful for the opportunity to be shaped by these teachers.
Michael, Senior M.Div.