Brad R. Braxton to speak about new book at WFU

Brad R. Braxton, the Jessie Ball duPont Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Studies at the Wake Forest University Divinity School, will give a lecture at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in Wait Chapel. The free event, which will be followed by a book signing in the chapel at 5 p.m., is open to the public.

Braxton, an ordained Baptist minister, will discuss his new book, “No Longer Slaves: Galatians and African-American Experience.” The book was released in September by The Liturgical Press and offers an interpretation of the New Testament message of Paul to the Galatians through the perspective of African-Americans living in modern society. Copies of the book are available on campus at the College Book Store located in Taylor Residence Hall.

In the book, Braxton proclaims that it is time for African-Americans to start deriving their own meaning from traditional works like the Bible instead of blindly subscribing to a white or Western European interpretation. Braxton says he offers his book as a tool to help African-Americans achieve intellectual liberation.

The lecture is the second in a new series sponsored by the Wake Forest Divinity
School and the department of religion at Wake Forest titled, “New Horizons in Religious Studies.” The series features lectures by Wake Forest professors who recently published books.

Braxton has been a frequent guest preacher and lecturer in local churches. His research includes interpretation of the New Testament writings of Paul and the study of the history and theories of Christian preaching.

Editor’s Note: For more information about the lecture and book signing or to schedule an interview with Braxton, contact Jacob McConnico at mcconnjn@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

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