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Texts of Terror

Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Program

October 15 - October 18, 2017

Not all texts in the Bible are easy to read. There are passages in our Scriptures about conquest and holy war, divine vengeance and ethnic bias, domestic violence and gendered hierarchy. For many contemporary readers, these so-called “texts of terror” raise a number of ethical and theological problems. In what sense can such texts be considered holy or sacred? How can they be preached on, taught, or studied in a manner that is both intellectually honest and theologically responsible? Do these texts have anything to contribute to the various ministries of the church today? Can we still experience the living God in the midst of such troubling content? This course aims to address these and other questions related to how we can interact critically and constructively with some of the Bible’s most difficult passages. Read more…

This class is open to everyone. Credit towards the Certificate in Spiritual Formation will be given to those who complete the pre-and post-course assignments. You will receive the reading list in the registration confirmation email.

Instructor: Ryan Bonfiglio

To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

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Registration Information

Register for the conference

This program is offered as part of the Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves as course credit. Anyone interested in the course is welcome, but must also register through Columbia Seminary.

Rates below include conference fee only. Housing and meals are not included.

  • Program fee: $390 per person

Questions regarding conference registration? Contact Alison Riviere at rivierea@ctsnet.edu or call 404.687.4592.


Reserve housing & meals

Rates are per person and include all room and meal charges for the entire conference (Sunday supper – Wednesday lunch). No adjustments to package will be made except for extended stay.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $390.00
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $240.00 per person

If you have any questions about housing and meal reservations, please email SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds for program fee are subject to the policies of the Spiritual Formation Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.
  • Refunds for housing in Assembly Inn will be awarded in the following ways: Full refund if notice of cancellation is received on or before September 4; full refund less $40 if notice of cancellation is received after September 4, but before October 9; no refunds will be given after October 9; all requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Montreat Conference Center via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterDr. Ryan P. Bonfiglio
Lecturer in Old Testament

Research for Dr. Bonfiglio focuses on theories and methods of iconographic exegesis, an interpretive method that studies biblical literature in light of ancient art and visual culture. He is also interested in Israelite religion, the Prophets, metaphor theory, contextual hermeneutics, and biblical theology.  Education includes a PhD from Emory University, MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a BA from Princeton University. He is a lecturer in Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and a Stembler Scholar in Residence at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, GA.

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