TMC Seminar: “Land and People Together: A Biblical Vision of Health,” Daniel Stulac, PhD
This TMC Seminar, in partnership with the Reimagining Health Collaborative (RHC), aligns with RHC’s “Food, Health, and the Body” 2019 theme. The seminar will introduce participants to various ways in which an agrarian understanding of the Old Testament makes visible its integrated vision of human health, with examples taken especially from the Former and Latter Prophets. Ellen Davis’s important volume, Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture (2009), proposes that contemporary agrarians such as Wendell Berry can help us to become better readers of the Bible, because those agrarians perceive the world through an integrated epistemology that is similar to the worldview reflected in Scripture. Using Berry’s discussion of “Health” in his essay “The Body and the Earth” as a point of orientation, the seminar will provide hermeneutical tools that participants can use to unlock the Bible’s integrated vision of “the health of land and people together” as they combine biblical theology with their ministry and clinical work.
Daniel J. D. Stulac is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Danielle. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Stulac earned his BA from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 2001, and subsequently worked as a campus minister and farm manager before travelling to Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, to build an agriculture assistance program for families suffering from HIV and malnutrition. After returning to the United States in 2009, he earned an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012 and a PhD (Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) from Duke University in 2017. He is also the author of several articles and one monograph, titled History and Hope: The Agrarian Wisdom of Isaiah 28–35 (Eisenbrauns, 2018).
The event is located in the Alumni Memorial Common Room at Duke Divinity School. See a link to a map below.