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Decatur, GA—Kathleen M. O’Connor, who retired earlier this year as the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, has two new books. She is the author of Jeremiah: Pain and Promise (Augsburg Fortress) and the co-editor of Breaking Bread, Building Justice: The Mission of the Church in the World of Hungers (VDM, Germany).
Six years in the making, Jeremiah: Pain and Promise, is the culmination of Dr. O’Connor’s trauma and disaster research, work supported by a Henry Luce III Fellowship. In this new book, she acknowledges that Jeremiah's emotional language can aggravate readers’ memories of pain. She also shows that Jeremiah is at once history and biography, documenting the ways an ancient community –and the prophet personally—sought to restore their collapsed political, social, and theological world. Both prophet and book provide a traumatized community a language to articulate disaster; move self-understanding from delusional security to identity as survivors; constitute individuals as responsible moral agents; portray God as equally afflicted by disaster; and invite a reconstruction of reality and of God’s relationship with them.
Breaking Bread, Building Justice: The Mission of the Church in the World of Hungers, is a collection of essays, which Dr. O’Connor edited with Mark Gray, an alumnus of Columbia Theological Seminary. In this book eight scholars and pastors from around the world explore from their own contexts the theme of "the mission of the church in a world of hungers." Collaborating through the seminary’s Campbell Scholars program, the group chose as the center of their study Isaiah 58, where breaking bread and building justice are central to God's presence. These essays contribute to understanding pressing matters of hunger, expanding pastoral awareness of the context in which churches minister, and broaden biblical and ethical resources for reflecting on the nature of missiology in our time.
Kathleen O’Connor is the author of Lamentations and the Tears of the World (2002) and commentaries on Lamentations and Jeremiah. She is the co-editor of Troubling Jeremiah (1999).
Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information about Columbia: http://www.ctsnet.edu.