Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture Series featuring The Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, S.Th.D.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CT)
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Bob O'Connor, Ph.D.
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The Imag(in)ing Apocalypse: Revelation and the Arts of Interpretation
Presented by The Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, S.Th.D., Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Theology and Religious Studies, St. John's University

The book of Revelation is filled with highly visionary imagery that, if understood literally, leads to bizarre interpretations of scripture that distract the reader from its deeper and intended meanings. Apocalyptic literature, of which Revelation is an excellent Christian example, contains a rich set of conventions that guide interpretation about elements such as numbers, colors, visions, and the like. Christians have long been fascinated with depicting passages in Revelation pictorially. The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition is no exception and its illuminations are worthy of Ruiz’s professional explanations and close examination by the audience.

A Past-President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, Ruiz maintains an active program of research in biblical studies. His particular interests are in the prophetic and apocalyptic literature, and with a special focus on the relevance of the Bible to contemporary concerns regarding immigrants and refugees. He is active in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, serves on the Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group of the U.S. Department of State, and appears often in English and Spanish language print and electronic media, including as a participant in the nationally broadcast Bill Moyers series, Genesis: A Living Conversation.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Those traveling to campus are asked to park in Lot D near the NW 36th St. entrance, or in Lot H, near the Culebra Road. entrance.

For more information, contact Robert O'Connor, Ph.D., at or 210-436-3799 or 210-436-3213.

The Escobedo Saint John's Bible Lecture Series is made possible by the generous gift of Ruben (B.B.A. '60) and Veronica Escobedo.

The Saint John’s Bible, the world’s newest handwritten, hand-illuminated bible, and is the first such bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey since the advent of the printing press more than 550 years ago. The Heritage Edition, acquired by St. Mary's University, is a numbered, full-scale fine art reproduction of the original.

Programs linked to The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition have a central theme of "Let There Be Light" because we believe the Bible leads to enlightenment and strengthens faith for all who witness it. 

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