Carlow University Dean’s New Book Examines Early Christian Hymns

Matthew E. Gordley, PhD, dean of the College of Learning and Innovation, will read from his new book: “New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance.

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 Reading by Matthew E. Gordley, PhD, on November 14 Is Free and Open to the Public

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Matthew E. Gordley, PhD, dean of the College of Learning and Innovation at Carlow University, will give a reading from his new book, New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Tests, Contexts, and Significance, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, in The Gailliot Center, located on the fifth floor of University Commons on the Carlow campus.

Gordley has been researching and writing about early Christian and Jewish psalms and hymns for nearly two decades.  He specializes in reading these early religious and poetic texts with careful attention to their historical, cultural, and literary contexts.

With his latest book, Gordley examines the earliest Christian hymns preserved in the New Testament, and – seen through the social context of the time – shows that the hymns can be viewed as not just “religious, but actually painted an alternative vision of reality that was in sharp contrast to Roman claims of power.  Viewed through this lens, Gordley believes they can provide insight into the development of early worship traditions.  

This reading is being sponsored by Carlow University’s English Program, Creative Writing Program, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and MFA in Creative Writing Programs.  

A reception will follow the reading where refreshments will be served.


About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in four colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, Learning and Innovation, and Professional Studies. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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