Baylor's Religion Department Hosts Bible Expert

March 4, 2010

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The Baylor University Religion Department will host Dr. James L. Kugel, who will present his lecture "The Hermeneutics of Pre-Critical Interpretation" at 4 p.m. Monday, March 15, in the Miller Chapel on the Baylor campus.

Kugel is chair of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel and the Harry M. Starr Professor Emeritus of Classical and Modern Hebrew Literature at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

In 1968, Kugel received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and his doctorate from City University of New York in 1977.

Kugel has published more than 15 books and articles focusing on the Bible and the Second Temple period. Many of his books received awards, including The Bible As It Was, which received the Alan M. Stroock Publication Fund for Jewish Studies and the $200,000 Grawerneye Award for the best book in religion in 2001. Kugel also received an award for his book, Traditions of the Bible, which was honored with a special session at the 1999 Society of Biblical Literature convention.

For more information, contact the Religion Department at (254) 710-3758.

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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