Turid Karlsen Seim will deliver the the Shaffer Lectures in three parts entitled, "Jesus in Liminal Transit: The post-resurrectional appearances in Luke and John." Seim is Professor of Theology at the University of Oslo and is Director of The Norwegian Institute in Rome.
The first lecture is entitled, "John 20: In Transit from Tangibility to Text."
The narratives about Jesus’ post-resurrectional appearances offer episodes that have never ceased to mystify and engage. The diverse uniqueness of these narratives is remarkable as also their reception history testifies. They entertain a complex register of literary effects both in plot and characterization. Jesus, as he surprisingly reappears to his followers, is seemingly the same but not quite. He is different and yet recognizable, elusive and yet present – betwixt and between in a kind of suspended transit. The appearance stories will be interpreted in their specificity within the narrative structure and conceptual framework of each gospel, and new proposals are suggested for interpreting well-known episodes such as the walk to Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke and the noli me tangere in the Gospel of John. In the concluding lecture the lack of finality and the multiplication of endings will be discussed particularly but not exclusively in a gender perspective.