‘Luke’s Gospel in Mexico’ topic of talk

BLUFFTON, Ohio—An adaptation of the Gospel of Luke to mid-1970s Mexico will be the subject of a Bluffton University colloquium by Dr. Rebecca Janzen, an assistant professor of Spanish, on Friday, Nov. 22.

Her presentation, “Luke’s Gospel in Mexico: Vicente Leñero’s ‘Gospel of Lucas Gavilán,’” is free and open to the public beginning at 4 p.m. in Centennial Hall’s Stutzman Lecture Hall.

Janzen says Leñero’s book deals with sick characters who reflect the Mexico context of the time, including a government that bullied unions and created a segregated medical system. At the same time, though, it humanizes Jesus through a man called Jesucristo Gómez. She argues that the characters are representative of Jesus and “figuratively combat” injustices “to point to a better future.”