Xavier Magazine

Bible Basics

Four students from the University’s Interfaith Club teamed up with Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, to create what was arguably the most distinctive event to take place on campus this year: Back to the Bible, a Bible-reading marathon in which faculty, staff, students and members of the local community read from Genesis to 2 Chronicles non-stop in 15-minute increments. More than 100 people read in 27 different languages during the 54-hour event, including former Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, who began the event by reading in Latin; Inayat Malik, a board member of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati; Dean James Diamond of Christ Church Cathedral; Marie Giblin, chair of the Department of Theology, who read in Swahili; University President Michael J. Graham, S.J.; Brian Jaffee, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati; and Gerry Walter, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Sholom in Cincinnati. The student coordinators were Kevin Contrera, a junior biology major from Akron, Ohio; Maggie Prosser, a senior theology major from University Heights, Ohio; Jana Dykas, a senior psychology major from Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Lauren Boxell, a freshman nursing major from Carmel, Ind.

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