Biblical poem focus of lecture by scripture specialist

Biblical poem focus of lecture by scripture specialist

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Christina Bucher, Ph.D., will discuss the ancient text of the Song of Songs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the Heim Science Building, Room G-9, on the campus of Lycoming College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bucher’s presentation on “Christianity, Eros, and the Song of Songs” will discuss the text of the Song of Songs, a book in Jewish and Christian scripture, in two ways: first, on a literal level as a collection of love poems, and then on a figurative level as poems about the divine-human relationship. She also discusses how the text has been portrayed in visual art and literature, primarily within the Christian tradition.

Bucher is the Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion at Elizabethtown College where she teaches courses in Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh, Old Testament) and ancient Near Eastern religions and texts. She also teaches language courses in Biblical Hebrew. Among her published work is a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” She earned the master’s degree in theological studies from Bethany Theological Seminary and her doctorate in religion from The Claremont Graduate School.