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BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2015 – Author and professor Brent Strawn will present two
lectures on the topic of “The Difference between the Right Word (of God) and Almost
Right Word (of God): On the Nature of Holy Scripture” on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, as
part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series.
The first lecture will take place at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel;
the second lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the King University Student Center Board
Room. The events are co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.
“We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Brent Strawn joining us for this year’s program
of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture.” states Shannon Harris, interim
director. “Dr. Strawn is a much sought after speaker, and agrees to limited engagements
due to his busy schedule. If you are interested in the Bible’s relationship to our
lives, then you will not want to miss Professor Strawn.”
The Rev. Dr. Brent Strawn is a professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of
Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where he has taught since 2001. Dr.
Strawn specializes in the Bible through its ancient and contemporary contexts. He
is a prolific writer and popular speaker on ancient Near Eastern iconography, the
Dead Sea Scrolls, Israelite religion, comparative Semitic philology, legal traditions
of the Old Testament, and Old Testament theology.
Brent Strawn takes preaching and teaching the content of the Bible seriously. As he
states, “Catchy series or kitschy themes designed to hook a congregation may do more
harm than good if they don’t lead us into a deeper, more sustained knowledge of scripture,
“the Book of God,” the one we should live our lives by. Less sermon illustrations
from camp or the grocery store are in order, and more exegesis of the text called
for—if, that is, we care about creating Christians who are fluent in what should be
their native tongue, who know what to say when they are ‘on stage,’ as it were, because
they’ve memorized their scripture.
“Religion and politics are two of the most important and interesting things to talk
about,” Strawn says. “So much of the Bible is about sociopolitical realities.”
Strawn is editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law” (2014),
editor of “The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness” (2012), and co-editor of both the
“Common English Bible” (2010) and “Psalms for Preaching and Worship: A Lectionary
Commentary” (2009). He also is on the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly
and the Journal of Biblical Literature.
Strawn has appeared on CNN and Fox News Atlanta. He has published articles in journals
such as The Asbury Theological Journal, The Journal of Biblical Literature, Perspectives
in Religious Studies, Teaching Theology and Religion, Homiletic, Journal for Preachers,
Journal of Theological Interpretation, Biblica, Theology Today, Revue Biblique, and
Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha.
Strawn received his Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene College and his Master
of Divinity and Ph.D. both from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained
elder in the United Methodist Church (North Georgia Conference).
Brent Strawn will speak at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday,
Oct. 19, and again at 7 p.m. at the King University Student Center Board Room. The
events are open to the public and free to attend. Visit http://faithandculture.king.edu or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute
for Faith and Culture at firstname.lastname@example.org, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.
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