Greek New Testament Reading Group

May 7, 2024
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Open to current students and faculty at the University of Chicago. Participants can come to whichever sessions they choose. Others interested in participating should contact Joe Haydt at Lunch will be provided. 

This winter the Greek New Testament Reading Group will work through parables from the Gospel of Luke. We will pay particular attention to chapters sixteen and seventeen. Fr. Peter Bernardi will be on hand for theological questions. All levels of Greek are welcome, and lunch will be provided.


This group will meet every Tuesday (beginning April 2nd) from 1pm - 2pm. 

The University of Chicago is famous for its graduate student reading groups, in which students pursue their own intellectual interests among friends in an informal setting. The Lumen Christi Institute supports this endeavor by sponsoring a number of graduate student reading groups each quarter. LCI provides space, hospitality, and books.

Reading groups cover the whole spectrum of ideas. Texts do not need to be explicitly Catholic, though we follow St. Paul’s injunction to attend to whatever is true, noble, right, admirable, and lovely (Phil 4:8). Groups follow LCI's guiding principles, which...

  • Affirm the intellectual life as good in itself

  • Ask questions animated by the principle that “all knowledge forms one whole”

  • Transcend the ideological / political divide (i.e., programs should not be partisan in nature)

  • Welcome religious perspectives as part of the intellectual life (i.e., programs need not be theological in nature but conversations should be open to religious insights) 

  • Nurture friendships, to support the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness (i.e., programs should have a social component)