Baylor Religion Chair to Deliver Lecture on Old Testament Sept. 14

Sept. 13, 2006

Dr. William Bellinger, Craig Professor of Bible and chair of the religion department at Baylor University, will speak on "A Shape for Old Testament Theology: A Lost Cause?" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in Miller Chapel in the Tidwell Bible Building.

Bellinger will examine how Old Testament scholars have approached the message in the Old Testament, and if that theology holds true.

"I will argue that it is time to move forward and look at Old Testament in a new way. My way is to come over and look at Old Testament theology in the Book of Psalms," he said.

A native of South Carolina, Bellinger graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He earned his master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctorate from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to arriving at Baylor in 1984, he served as assistant professor of Old Testament at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

An Old Testament specialist with particular focus on the Psalms, Bellinger is the author of Psalms: Reading and Studying the Book of Praises; The Testimony of Poets and Sages in the All the Bible Series; and Leviticus and Numbers (New International Biblical Commentary, Old Testament Series), and he regularly presents scholarly papers for such groups as the Society for Biblical Literature and the Southwest Region Biblical Studies Seminar. He currently is working on Old Testament Theology: Creation, Covenant, Prophecy; Psalms for the Smyths & Helwys Bible Commentaries; and Worship and Theology in the Old Testament.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-3735.

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