Old Testament Scholar To Speak At Chapel March 10

March 9, 2004

by Marianne May, student writer

Baylor University students will have the opportunity to hear Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., speak on Wednesday, March 10, at the 10 and 11 a.m. Chapel services in Waco Hall.

Brueggemann has devoted his life to researching Old Testament theology, focusing on the origins of Christian doctrine, the relationship between the Old Testament and the Christian canonical works, and Jewish-Christian interaction. He has published more than 50 books, including The Bible Makes Sense, Struggling with Scripture and The Message of the Psalms, and hundreds of articles. His most recent book, Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann, was published in January of this year.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College, Brueggemann earned a doctor of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. at St. Louis University. He retired in 2003 as The William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary and also taught Old Testament at Eden Theological Seminary at Cambridge University.

"No one writing on the Bible is more consistently provocative, interesting, challenging, and imaginative than Walter Brueggemann," said Mark Thiessen Nation of the London Mennonite Center. "For those Christians who yearn for serious, biblically informed engagement with our contemporary world there is no one more stimulating to read than Brueggemann. The man rarely writes a boring page."

Brueggemann was invited to campus to give the Parchman Endowed Lectures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He will present several lectures, including "Getting Started in Utterance: The Introduction," "Reaching a Conclusion" and "To Reduce to Nothing the Things That Are."

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