Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Welcomes Dr. Emerson B. Powery to Discuss “Use of the Bible in Slave Narratives” on November 5

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WILSON, N.C. – October 30, 2019 — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. Emerson B. Powery, Professor of Biblical Studies at Messiah College, as the featured speaker for the 2019 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The title of his lecture is “Reading the Bible in an Age of Protest: The ‘Freedom Narratives’ as a Collective Witness.”

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel. This program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Dr. Powery received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lee University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is the author of several books and articles, including “Jesus Reads Scripture” (Brill, 2003) and “True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary” (Fortress/Augsburg, 2007). His most recent book, which he co-authored with Dr. Rodney S. Sadler, Jr. (Union Presbyterian Seminary), is “The Genesis of Liberation: Biblical Interpretation in the Antebellum Narratives of the Enslaved” (Westminster/John Knox, 2016).

Established in 1991, the Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series brings to campus each fall semester distinguished performers and lecturers who focus on topics of practical Christian significance for the general public relating to contemporary issues. This lecture series was named in honor of Dr. Allan R. Sharp, professor emeritus of religion and philosophy, at the time of his retirement. The late Dr. Sharp served on the Barton College faculty from 1953-1991.

For additional information, contact Dr. Rodney A. Werline, Marie and Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Barton College and Director of the Barton College Center for Religious Studies, at (252) 399-6447 or



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