Talbert Completes Term As President Of Catholic Biblical Society

Aug. 14, 2000

Dr. Charles Talbert, Distinguished Professor of Religion at Baylor University, has completed his term as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA). Talbert, who is an ordained Baptist minister, is only the second Protestant to serve as president of the organization. He delivered his presidential address at the association's annual meeting held Aug. 5-8 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

"Nothing could have meant more to me at this point in my life than this signal honor from my favorite professional organization," Talbert said.

The Catholic Biblical Association of America, which was formed in 1936, promotes scholarly study in Scripture and related fields. In 1970, it published the New American Bible, the first Roman Catholic translation of the Old and New Testament from the original Hebrew and Greek done by American Roman Catholics. The association currently publishes the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series and Old Testament Abstracts. Additionally, the CBA sponsors archeological digs, scholarships and visiting professorships.

Talbert has been a member of the CBA for 25 years. He served as associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly from 1991-1998 and as vice president of the organization in 1999.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Talbert received his bachelor's degree from Samford University and his bachelor of divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Talbert also completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of North Carolina and Duke University and with the Society for Religion in Higher Education in Rome at the American Academy and the Vatican Library. Prior to joining the Baylor faculty in 1996, he taught at Wake Forest University for 30 years.

Talbert has written more than 200 books, book chapters, articles or book reviews. Additionally, the book Cadbury, Knox and Talbert: American Contribution to the Study of Acts examines his research on Luke and Acts. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 1990 by his alma mater, Samfor University. He was named Man of Year, 1993, by the American Biographical Institute and International Man of the Year, 1992-93, by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge,

England.

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