March Research Colloquium

Dear All,
The first Research Colloquium of 2016 will be held next Friday 4th March starting at 1.30pm in G4. The program of presenters is as follows:

1.30 – 2.15pm Ben Myers Faculty Presentation Wisdom’s Children: Biblical Proverbs & Western Culture
2.15 – 3.00pm Jeff Aernie Faculty Presentation Cruciform Discipleship: The Narrative Function of the Women in Mark 15–16
3.00 – 3.45pm Donald Tamihere PhD Research Proposal Ka kohia atu ahau ki tōku iwi”: A Māori reading of Genesis 49:1 – 50:14

Ben Myers Wisdom’s Children: Biblical Proverbs & Western Culture ben_myers_teaching
I will present a sample from this new book, written on my study leave last semester. The book explores the surprising impact of the book of Proverbs on the history of western literature. At the colloquium I will present material from the chapters on William Blake and Thomas Merton.

Jeff Aernie Cruciform Discipleship: The Narrative Function of the Women in Mark 15–16
JAernie
The purpose of the present essay is to argue for the presence of a thematic convergence between Mark and Paul by focusing on the literary function of the named women in Mark 15–16. The first step in developing this thesis is a re-consideration of what is often seen to be the unexpected conclusion of the Gospel at Mark 16:8, which seemingly describes the women’s fearful and disobedient flight from the tomb. In contrast to the frequent negative assessment of their role in the narrative, the present essays seeks to provide a positive assessment of the women’s role as exemplars of Markan discipleship. The second step in the argument is to describe how Mark’s portrayal of these women as faithful disciples coordinates with the theme of cruciform discipleship developed in Pauline theology. The intent of these two steps is to offer a coherent analysis of the function of the women in Mark’s narrative in order to provide another thematic link between Markan and Pauline theology.

Donald Tamihere Ka kohia atu ahau ki tōku iwi”: A Māori reading of Genesis 49:1 – 50:14
The purpose of this research is to read the narrative of Jacob’s last words and death in Genesis 49:1 – 50:14 through the lens of Tangihanga (Māori funeral rites) as it pertains to my own context of Te Haahi Mihinare (The Māori Anglican Church) within the tribal boundaries of my Tairāwhiti iwi – including Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga a Hauiti, Rongowhakaata, and Ngāti Kahungunu. To achieve this, the selected narrative will be examined briefly against the broader biblical narrative of Jacob’s place among the patriarchs of the Genesis story, and the parallels and contrasts that this may offer to Māori cultural context. This examination will include a ‘double exegesis’ of the reading, firstly as it exists within the Hebrew text, and secondly as it is within the 1952 Māori translation of the Bible, Te Paipera Tapu (2013 print edition). The results of the exegesis will be read through the lens of Tangihanga, and more specifically through selected aspects of Tangihanga that offer up close correlations between Māori understandings and the narrative of Jacob’s last words and death: Whakapapa (genealogical connections), Ōhākī (“last sayings”, promises), and Tikanga Karakia (liturgical tradition). It is hoped that this reading will offer a new and fresh perspective on both the chosen narrative and the process and practice of Tangihanga within Te Haahi Mihinare and Tairāwhiti.

HDR Students are reminded that their participation in the Research Colloquiums is a critical component of their candidature and that apologies should be sent to me at [email protected]

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