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Annual Scripture Lecture
in Honor of Richard J. Clifford, S.J.


Richard Clifford, S.J.

Richard and Jeanne Kitz established this annual lectureship on a topic within the field of Scripture to honor Richard J. Clifford, S.J.  Fr. Clifford was a beloved professor of Old Testament at Weston Jesuit School of Theology and then at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he currently serves as professor emeritus.  Serving as mentor and teacher to the Kitz’s daughter, Ann Marie, now a biblical scholar herself, Dr. and Mrs. Kitz expressed their admiration and gratitude for Fr. Clifford’s work with the generous living gift of this lecture.

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Rev. Frank J. Matera

April 11, 2018
The Spirituality of Saint Paul: Following Jesus by Imitating Paul

Rev. Frank J. Matera, professor emeritus, The Catholic University of America, and pastor, St. Mary’s Church, Simsbury, Connecticut

The model of the Christian life Paul presents to his converts reveals a spirituality grounded in the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Thomas Stegman, S.J.

April 6, 2017
Hope in a Time of Climate Change:

A Conversation between Religion and Science

Carol A. Newsom, C. H. Candler Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. 

Human induced climate change is the most serious problem confronting life on our planet.  Conversation between religion and science offers insight into humanity's nature as a danger and a promise in the world.

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Thomas Stegman, S.J.

March 15, 2016
Thy Will Be Done: The Function of Prayer in Mark's Gospel

Presenter: Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., STM associate professor of New Testament and chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty

This lecture explores the important and distinct role of prayer in Mark's Gospel, where Jesus is presented as the model of someone who prays and where prayer is significant for those gathered around Jesus.

Amy-Jill Levine

March 19, 2015
Agreeing to Disagree:
How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently

(this lecture was not videotaped)
Presenter: Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University.


March 26, 2014
Angels, Demons, Cain, and the Madness of King Saul
Presenter: Anne Marie Kitz, author of Cursed are You! The Phenomenology of Cursing in Cuneiform and Hebrew Texts (Eisenbrauns, 2013).

This lecture examines  “The Spirit/Breath of God” and the so-called “Lurker,” to determine their relationship with Yahweh.  Are they angels?  Are they demons?  Or are they something else?


March 14, 2013
Genesis 1-11:
What Do Adam and Eve have to Teach Us Today?

Presenter: Richard J. Clifford, S.J., STM visiting professor of Old Testament

To ancient readers, the stories in the opening chapters of Genesis answered serious questions about human life.  Can these stories instruct us today?


March 14, 2012
The Problem of Myth in the Hebrew Bible

Presenter: Peter MachinistHancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University.

This lecture discusses myth as a word and a set of concepts which can lead to a deep and varied understanding of the Hebrew Bible.


October 6, 2010
Lament and Hope:
The Contributions of the Biblical Lament Psalms

Presenter: Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., STM professor of New Testament

This lecture offered reflections on the key elements of the biblical laments and their message for those who suffer.


March 25, 2010
“Almsgiving Delivers from Death”:
Charity to the Poor Considered Theologically

Presenter: Gary Anderson, professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, University of Notre Dame

This lecture traces the origins of the biblical practice of charity towards the poor and its groundbreaking ramifications for the development of Jewish and Christian piety and practice.


March 19, 2009
Ethics in the Book of Job
Presenter: Leong Seow, professor of Old Testament language and literature, Princeton Theological Seminary.

This lecture explores the ethical perspectives represented in the Prologue of Job (Ch 1 and 2), assertions of Job (Ch 30 and 31), and other important but less-noticed passages.