“Justice” is a provocative, disputed and politicized term in contemporary society—just as it was in the biblical world. Lynn Jost, Ph.D., professor of preaching and Old Testament and director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, will explore the meaning of justice in the 2022 Edmund Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies.

In two presentations March 31 and April 1, 2022, Jost will look at ways biblical justice (particularly the Hebrew Bible) not only protects the marginalized but includes them among God’s people. Thursday’s lecture attempts to take one more step in the journey of following radical Anabaptist faith. Friday’s lecture invites listeners to learn from the “school of the prophets.” Both events will be on the seminary campus, part of Fresno Pacific University, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno.

Thursday, March 31
7:00 p.m.  |   Lecture: “Justice…and Only Justice”
Thiessen Conference Room AIMS
Ice cream at 6:30 p.m. in the courtyard

Friday, April 1
10:00 a.m.  |   Chirp: Who Has “the Say”? Whose voice carries the most weight in your world—your home, your community, your environment?
BC Lounge

All sessions will be offered both in person and via video. For more information and to access the links, visit fpu.edu/janzen-lectureship-2022

Jost planted churches in Spain and pastored in California and Kansas before teaching Bible at Tabor College. He chaired the Mennonite Brethren Board of Faith and Life and the Confession of Faith task force and served on the International Confession of Faith writing team. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Jost served as dean and president of Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, forerunner of FPBS. His wife, Donna, is a retired school teacher.

The Edmund Janzen Lectureship in Biblical Studies promotes careful scholarship in biblical interpretation as well as the witness of the Christian church. The lectures are intended for university faculty and students, pastors and lay leaders. Lectures occur in spring alternating annually between scholars of the Old and New Testaments. The lectureship is possible through an endowment established in 2005 to honor the 35 years Edmund Janzen served Fresno Pacific University as president and faculty member. These lectures reflect the value of biblical study for the mission of the church Janzen taught his students.

FPU’s Biblical & Religious Studies Division (BRS) of the School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences (HRSS), which sponsors the lectureship, prepares students for a life of mission in service to God and the needs of the world through majors and minors in biblical and theological studies, intercultural and religious studies (missions) and Christian ministry and leadership as well as through general education courses. Support the endowment with a gift by

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Fresno Pacific University
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1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box 2007 Fresno, CA 93702

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Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations