Friday, May 6, 2011

Society of Biblical Literature

Steve Hunt, associate professor of biblical studies, recently took students from his Romans and Galatians course to the North East regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature—a tradition for his students that spans the last decade.

The Society of Biblical Literature, founded in 1880, is the oldest and largest learned-society devoted to the investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. Hunt has served as a member and speaker for over 15 years.

The meeting offered students the chance to listen to experts in the field as they presented papers on a variety of research topics. Scholars from Brown University, Boston University, Princeton University and others presented topics such as “Christ’s Temptation and Satan’s Fall”; “Historiography of Early Christianity”; and Paul Borgman, professor of English at Gordon , presented a paper entitled “Christian Self-Identity and the Church.”

Gordon students attended over 10 lectures throughout the day, including plenary sessions by Harvard’s Francois Bovon and Dartmouth’s Susan Ackerman—a rare treat for college students. But the buzz in the van back to campus was all about “how much they enjoyed meeting and getting a chance to talk with former Gordon Divinity School Professor J. Ramsey Michaels, one of Marv Wilson’s former teachers,” said Hunt.

Photo: Students with faculty member Steve Hunt on the Andover campus, where the society meeting took place.

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