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2019 New Testament Lectures


  • Mercer University, Atlanta Campus 3001 Mercer University Drive Atlanta, GA 30341 (map)

The Jones Lectures in New Testament Studies were established in 2008 in order to enable theology students to hear the finest New Testament scholars in the world in the course of their studies at McAfee. This year’s lectures cover "An African American Interpretation of Scripture." Speakers inlcude:

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Thomas B. Slater, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament Language & Literature at McAfee School of Theology

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Mitzi J. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Ashland Theological Seminary

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Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Ph.D.

Associate Dean for the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University

Lecture Titles

After Thurman: Strides toward a New Identity
Thomas B. Slater, Ph.D.

Surviving Rome: Womanist Interpretation as Prophetic Language of Resistance 
Mitzi J. Smith, Ph.D.

No Longer Invisible: Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation
Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., Ph.D.


The lecture series was made possible by a gift from the Rev. Peter Rhea Jones and his wife, Ellen. Jones is professor of New Testament and preaching at McAfee.  He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Decatur for 21 years before joining the McAfee faculty.