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Panel to discuss God imagery in the Bible

Students can explore various interpretations of the imagery of the Bible at a discussion Tuesday about the personification of God, a university professor said.

Claudia Camp, professor of religion, said the presentation, put on by the Jewish Studies Program at Brite Divinity School, will appeal to students with basic theological knowledge and will include a question-and-answer session.

Camp, along with Mayer Gruber, a visiting scholar and rabbi from Ben-Gurion University of the Negey in Israel, and Toni Craven, professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite, will hold a panel discussion of imagery associated with God and the meanings of certain Bible passages that seem to invite interpretation.

Craven will specifically address images of God in Psalms and Camp will discuss the female personification of wisdom in Proverbs.

“It’s important for us to realize the language used for God in the Bible is very rich and multi-layered,” Craven said. “There is not one right way to think about God and who God is to us.”

“The Meaning of the Image of God”
What: Panel discussion with Mayer Gruber, visiting scholar, Claudia Camp, professor of religion and Toni Craven, professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Kelly Alumni Center in the Justin Boardroom
Admission: Free to public
Contact: Suzanne Stone, 817-257-7577, [email protected]

Gruber said he will discuss the meaning of the image of God in Genesis and also the idea of God being treated as a woman in the latter part of the book of Isaiah.

Gruber said he has been working on some
religious books while visiting the university, including a commentary on the biblical book of Isaiah. He has been at the university as a visiting scholar since October and will be leaving Feb. 27 when his term is up.

Adam Vincent, senior radio-TV-film major, said he would be interested in attending because he
enjoys studying religion, even though he is not very religious.

“I think it is important that TCU students be aware
of other religions,” Vincent said. “Not enough study religions and religious interpretations other than their own.”

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