School of Religion

QSR Professors Publish Co-written Article

Professors Sharday Mosurinjohn and Richard Ascough have published an article in the most recent edition of The Bible and Critical Theory. In “Desiring, Departing and Dying, Affectively Speaking: Epithymia in Philippians 1:23” they bring together their respective expertise in theory and in biblical studies to examine a little understood text in a New Testament letter in which Paul writes of his “desire (Greek: epithymia) to depart and be with Christ.” Paul’s contemplation of which is preferable, life or death, raises questions about how issues of social and existential meaning are affectively negotiated under the aspect of death, under what conditions one desires death, and what is the nature of desire itself. The entire article is available online.