Noted Old Testament scholar Brent Strawn to lecture at King University Oct. 19

Brent Strawn King Philosophy and Religion
Brent Strawn
King Philosophy and Religion

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Contributed by King University) – Author and professor Brent Strawn will present two lectures on the topic of “The Difference between the Right Word (of God) and Almost Right Word (of God): On the Nature of Holy Scripture” on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2015-16 lecture series. The first lecture will take place at 9:15 a.m. in King University’s Memorial Chapel; the second lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the King University Student Center Board Room. The events are co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.

“We feel very fortunate to have Dr. Brent Strawn joining us for this year’s program of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture.” states Shannon Harris, interim director. “Dr. Strawn is a much sought after speaker, and agrees to limited engagements due to his busy schedule. If you are interested in the Bible’s relationship to our lives, then you will not want to miss Professor Strawn.”

The Rev. Dr. Brent Strawn is a professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where he has taught since 2001. Dr. Strawn specializes in the Bible through its ancient and contemporary contexts. He is a prolific writer and popular speaker on ancient Near Eastern iconography, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Israelite religion, comparative Semitic philology, legal traditions of the Old Testament, and Old Testament theology.

Brent Strawn takes preaching and teaching the content of the Bible seriously. As he states, “Catchy series or kitschy themes designed to hook a congregation may do more harm than good if they don’t lead us into a deeper, more sustained knowledge of scripture, “the Book of God,” the one we should live our lives by. Less sermon illustrations from camp or the grocery store are in order, and more exegesis of the text called for—if, that is, we care about creating Christians who are fluent in what should be their native tongue, who know what to say when they are ‘on stage,’ as it were, because they’ve memorized their scripture.

“Religion and politics are two of the most important and interesting things to talk about,” Strawn says. “So much of the Bible is about sociopolitical realities.”

Strawn is editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law” (2014), editor of “The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness” (2012), and co-editor of both the “Common English Bible” (2010) and “Psalms for Preaching and Worship: A Lectionary Commentary” (2009). He also is on the editorial board of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and the Journal of Biblical Literature.
Strawn has appeared on CNN and Fox News Atlanta. He has published articles in journals such as The Asbury Theological Journal, The Journal of Biblical Literature, Perspectives in Religious Studies, Teaching Theology and Religion, Homiletic, Journal for Preachers, Journal of Theological Interpretation, Biblica, Theology Today, Revue Biblique, and Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha.

Strawn received his Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene College and his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. both from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (North Georgia Conference).

Brent Strawn will speak at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, Oct. 19, and again at 7 p.m. at the King University Student Center Board Room. The events are open to the public and free to attend. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.

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