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The Bible and the Blues: Thinking Lamentations and Singing the Delta

March 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
James Memorial Chapel
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Ian Rees

How might a reading of the Book of Lamentations change while listening to Blues?  Are Lamentations “Hebrew Blues”?  Are the Blues “African-American Lamentations”?

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher and Dr. Aliou C. Niang share their thoughts about an exegetical experiment, accompanied by the First Lady of Oregon Blues, Ms. LaRhonda Steele.


About Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher
Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher is a professor of Old Testament Studies, Director of Graduate Studies in Theology and director of Peace Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he’s taught for 24 years. He’s published over 30 scholarly articles, book chapters and texts, including “The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Interpretation,” high-school textbooks, and even “Lost Books of the Bible for Dummies.” Raised Quaker in Portland, Ore., Christopher identifies as a Christian in the Quaker tradition with widespread ecumenical interests; though he lectures frequently in congresses and conferences of the Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and United Methodist Churches in Southern California, as well as various Quaker meetings. He received his doctorate in Old Testament Studies at Oxford University in 1987.

About Dr. Aliou C. Niang
Dr. Aliou C. Niang is the Associate Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary. Professor Niang earned his B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in history (Cum Laude) at Williams Baptist College in 1994 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. He received an MA That Logsdon School of Theology (HSU) in 1997 in Abilene, TX, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation–New Testament (with Distinction) at Brite Divinity School (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX in  2007. While at Brite Divinity School, he served as Graduate Assistant and Lecturer in New Testament Survey classes and co-taught a course on Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation with Dr. Leo G. Perdue. He was also an instructor at the Department of Religion at TCU where he taught Understanding Religion: The Bible from 2002-2003 and was a guest lecturer on the “African and the African Diaspora: History, Religion, and Culture”. (Full Bio)

About LaRhonda Steele
LaRhonda Steele is the 2017 and 2016 Muddy Award winner for Best Female Vocalist presented by the Cascade Blues Association. Steele began her musical journey in Jones, Oklahoma at age 13 singing her first solo in church one Sunday morning. Her journey continued to Portland, Oregon and beyond culminating into an powerful legacy of musical experiences for which she is Awed and Grateful. Over the years she has enjoyed working with local, national and international artists: Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Linda Hornbuckle, Janice Scroggins, Paul Delay, Obo Addy and Thara Memory. She has had the pleasure of recoding with Thara Memory, Obo Addy, Janice Scroggins, Norman Sylvester and Ken DaRouchie.