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Feb. 23, 2009

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Catholic Theological Union Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies Laurie Brink, O.P., will present “Picturing Paul: The Cultural and Historical Context of Earliest Christianity” in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12.

The lecture will focus on St. Paul’s historical and cultural context and will integrate his letters with digital images of the ancient sites of Athens, Corinth, Ephesus and Jerusalem. The event is free and open to the public.

Sr. Brink investigates the ancient social, religious, and cultural world out of which early Christianity emerged. Promoting interdisciplinary research, she directs a project in which scholars of Roman history, early Christianity, and Jewish studies investigate ancient burial practices and the emergence of Christian practices. A former senior staff member for the Combined Caesarea Expeditions, she still continues her field work in archaeology. She is a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa and the co-author of In This Place: Reflections on the Land of the Gospels for the Liturgical Cycles.

Sr. Brink was invited to speak by Monsignor Bernard McGarty, Viterbo’s visiting scholar in ecumenical studies. Msgr. McGarty gives regular presentations on a variety of religious topics, and Sr. Brink’s presentation is part of this mission.

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