As a teacher, Dr. Leithart modeled the deep and careful reading of Scripture that first attracted me to his writing. He also modeled a keen interest in tracing out the liturgical and cultural ramifications of the Bible. Academic theology departments are often sadly compartmentalized: one has to decide whether to inhabit the “Biblical Studies” box, the Systematics box, or the Historical Theology box—and never (or too rarely) do the sub-disciplines meet. Not so with Dr. Leithart. If the goal of God’s path is what happens with Jesus the Christ—and if that goal is synonymous with life for the world—then theology has something to say about everything, and anything might shed light on the biblical text. Under Dr. Leithart’s direction, I was encouraged to explore the creation narrative of Genesis in relation to aesthetics, the sacrificial practices of Leviticus in relation to Augustine’s City of God, and the visions of Zechariah in relation to Karl Barth’s views on election. Whether you are looking for a solid foundation for further theological work, or are hoping to minister in a local congregation, I highly recommend studying with Dr. Leithart at the Trinity Institute.
Stephen Long, graduate student, biblical studies, University of Notre Dame
posted by Peter J. Leithart on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm
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