Augustana prof joins global scripture translation seminar
Richard Swanson, professor of religion and chair of the humanities division at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has been selected for the Inter-Semiotic Translation Seminar, an invited group of only 15 scholars from around the globe, to explore the role of modern semiotics in the translation and communication of scripture for the 21st century.
The seminar was formed to explore the implications of recent literary critical work on the translation of biblical texts, particularly as this involves translation from one symbol system to another. Members of the seminar are semioticians, musicologists, translators, and biblical scholars from several countries. They represent Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Mexico, and the U.S.
Swanson joined the Augustana faculty in 1990. Currently, he teaches courses that explore biblical interpretation, interpretive theory, and the ways people live.
Swanson received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Luther Seminary. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he was a parish pastor for six years. He has written four books and numerous articles, and is currently finishing work on a performance-critical commentary, Provoking the Gospel of John: A Storyteller’s Commentary.