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02/11/2014 | Created by Darla Martin Tucker

A United Methodist minister and renowned New Testament scholar will deliver an annual address at La Sierra University this month and present a different view on the issue of forgiveness in the Book of Romans as it is commonly understood.

Robert Jewett, New Testament scholar and international lecturer

Robert Jewett will present the Paul J. Landa Lecture at La Sierra University Sat., Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Troesh Conference Center of the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business. He will deliver a talk titled "Beyond Forgiveness: Radical Hospitality in Romans." The lecture will also be streamed live online at

Jewett has served as guest professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany since 2009, one of four institutions to award him an honorary doctorate. That same year he began serving as theologian-in-residence at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, Neb. His research has focused on the history and social structure of early Christianity as well as the relation between the Bible and popular culture.

In 2007, his study titled "Romans: A Commentary" was published in the Hermeneia Series, an historical and critical commentary to the Bible, and was subsequently selected by the Biblical Archaeology Society as the "Best Book Relating to the New Testament in 2007-08."

Jewett has written or edited 26 books including "Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil" published in 2003, and "Mission and Menace: Four Centuries of American Religious Zeal," published in 2008. His studies have been translated into several languages and he has lectured at many institutions across North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

The Landa Lecture has been an annual presentation of La Sierra's H.M.S. Richards Divinity School the past 15 years. The series commemorates the legacy of Paul J. Landa, a professor of the history of Christianity at Loma Linda and La Sierra universities for 26 years. Landa inspired others with his passion for intellectual integrity, faith and commitment. He was also known for his expertise and futuristic vision in strategic planning for churches and educational institutions.

The Landa Lecture will include an audience discussion followed by a reception. Admission is free. For further information call 951-785-2041. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside.