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Author Timothy Beal to Speak at King University, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Oct. 3

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2016 – Author Timothy Beal will speak on Monday, October 3 as part of the King Institute for Faith and Culture 2016-17 Lecture Series. Beal will speak at Memorial Chapel on King University’s main campus at 9:15 a.m.; an additional lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Va. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“Tim Beal writes about the Bible, including the fascinating and complex ways it figures in culture,” says Shannon Harris, director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “In his work, Beal answers questions you may not have thought to ask. He excels at gentle humor and combines it with keen insight. Beal’s prose is accessible and engaging, and his scholarship draws us into elements vital to the mission of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. We are delighted to host him as part of this year’s lecture series.”

On the morning of Oct. 3, in King University’s Memorial Chapel, Timothy Beal will speak on the topic, “It’s the End of the Word – As we Know It: Reimagining Scripture for a New Day.” That evening at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Beal will present “The Voice of One Growling in the Wilderness: Toward a Gospel of the Wild.”

Timothy Beal is the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves as editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts.” Additionally, Beal serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals as well as the Society of Biblical Literature’s NEH-funded Bible Odyssey project, which seeks to make scholarship on the Bible accessible to the broader public.

Beal has published 12 books, most recently “The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book.” His work, “Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith,” was named to the Publishers Weekly “10 Best Religion Books of 2005” and the New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice.” He is currently working on another book entitled, “The Book of Revelation: A Biography” for the Princeton University Press series, “Lives of Great Religious Books.”

In addition to scholarly articles, Beal has written popular essays on religion, the Bible, and culture for the New York Times, the Washington Post,, Christian Century, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He also writes occasionally for The Huffington Post, where he developed a series called “BibliFact” to fact-check political Bible-talk during the 2012 presidential elections.

Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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