Margaret M. MitchellThe first Dean’s Lecture of the 2015-2016 academic year at Candler School of Theology will be presented by Dr. Margaret M. Mitchell, who will examine two largely unknown homilies on Romans 16:3 given by orator and bishop John Chrysostom during the late fourth century. The lecture, titled “Tiny Text, Great Benefit: John Chrysostom’s Two Homilies on Romans 16:3,” will be held on Wednesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. Those who register by September 9 will receive a free boxed lunch. Register here.

A literary historian of ancient Christianity, Mitchell is Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research focuses include the Pauline letters, the poetics and politics of ancient biblical interpretation, and the intersection of text, image and artifact in the fashioning of early Christian culture. She is the author of four books, including The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation (Westminster John Knox, 2000) and Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Mitchell also served as coeditor of The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 1: Origins to Constantine (Cambridge, 2006).

Mitchell is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship at the University of Chicago. She has also received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to support her current work on a volume of translations of Chrysostom’s sermons on Pauline passages.