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Dr. Hugh Williamson, an internationally recognized and respected scholar in Hebrew Bible, presented a lecture at Bethany Seminary on November 20, entitled "Has Old Testament Messianic Prophecy Passed Its Sell-By Date?"

We lift up our brothers and sisters in Nigeria in prayer--asking that God grant strength in these difficult and uncertain days.

Aspiring student writers are encouraged to begin considering their entries for Bethany Seminary’s 2015 Peace Essay Contest: Peacemaking, Creation Justice, and the Beloved Community.

Enten Eller, director of electronic communication and educational technology at Bethany Theological Seminary, will resign as of November 7, 2014. He began his employment at Bethany in July 2006.

Lowell Flory, executive director of institutional advancement and gift planning at Bethany Theological Seminary, will retire on March 31, 2015. Flory has served in this capacity at Bethany since July 2004, having previously served as Bethany's director of gift planning.

This past summer the Institute for Ministry with Youth and Young Adults at Bethany Seminary invited young people to think theological thoughts and ask faith-forming questions.

This fall, Bethany was represented at two events devoted to environmental stewardship: the annual Seminary Stewardship Alliance Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary.

Bethany Theological Seminary will welcome prospective students to the fall ENGAGE Visit Day on Friday, March 27, 2015.

Bethany Seminary had reason to celebrate this summer—and everyone at Annual Conference was invited to the party. On June 30, Bethany completed its three-year Reimagining Ministries campaign, having raised 112 percent of the $5.9 million goal in gifts and commitments.

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.

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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.