World-Renowned Scholar Explores Biblical History of Creation

Konrad Schmid, Ph.D.
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Nov. 13, 2012

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 13, 2013) - World renowned Old Testament scholar, Konrad Schmid, Ph.D., will speak at Baylor's department of religion 2012 McGee Endowed lecture series at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Miller Chapel, Tidwell Bible Building, 600 Speight Ave. Schmid, professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient Judaism at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, studies the history of biblical literature concentrating on the books of Genesis through Kings.

Schmid will speak at Baylor's department of religion 2012 McGee Endowed lecture series. His lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Miller Chapel, Tidwell Bible Building, 600 Speight Ave.

"In this lecture, Dr. Schmid will show how the study of the Old Testament--its texts, its theological framework, and its stories--provide a rich tapestry by which we can reflect upon important issues for our time," said James Nogalski, Dr. Theol., professor and director of graduate studies in religion at Baylor.

"He will use Genesis 1 through 9 to show how a biblical perspective on creation from these ancient texts still has much to teach us about ourselves, the world in which we live and the God whom we serve."

Schmid's lecture "The Theology of Creation: genesis and the Ambivalence of the Cosmos in Genesis 1-9," explores what creation means in the biblical book of Genesis and why this biblical concept might be more interesting than its modern reformulations and adaptations.

For more information, contact James Nogalski at 254-710-1592 or by email at

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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