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Bethany Seminary and the Earlham School of Religion announce that Ryan Frame has been hired as the new seminary computing specialist. Frame began his duties on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Bethany Seminary is among the schools taking part in the 2014 Seminary and Theological Grad School Virtual Fair on Wednesday, September 17. Those planning to apply to seminary or who are considering theological study can take advantage of this free opportunity to chat live online with Bethany staff.

Steven Schweitzer, academic dean at Bethany Theological Seminary, presented two professional research papers at the 2014 meeting of the International Society of Biblical Literature (ISBL), held July 6-10 at the University of Vienna in Austria.

The Peace of the City and the Quest for Public Theologies, a popular course taught by Scott Holland at Bethany, will be offered as a weekend intensive at the University of La Verne this fall.

Bethany awarded eight master of divinity degrees at the 2014 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. View the ceremony and the worship service.

Bethany invited all at Annual Conference to "join the conversation!" Visitors to the Bethany exhibit wrote responses to questions about discipleship and posted them for others to reflect upon. Read what your sisters and brothers are saying about their personal journeys of discipleship and witness!

Eight master of divinity degrees will be conferred at Bethany's 109th commencement on May 10. Christopher Bowman, pastor of Oakton Church of the Brethren in Vienna, Virginia, will be the commencement speaker. Commencement and the senior worship will be webcast.

The inauguration of Bethany Seminary’s tenth president was the central event of the spring 2014 board meeting. The board also devoted time to discussing issues pertaining to the operation of a seminary like Bethany in today’s social and cultural climate.

Stole and tableBethany Seminary has named Courtney Hess as project director for the grant of $249,954 received as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Issues Facing Future Ministers. Hess began his duties on April 1, 2014.

Jeff CarterJeff Carter was inaugurated as Bethany's president on March 29. View the recording!

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Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.