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Abraham Malherbe to speak at annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures

Oct. 26, 2005

Dr. Abraham J. Malherbe, Buckingham Professor Emeritus at Yale University, will give the 19th annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures at ACU on Nov. 10.  Malherbe will lecture on "Indispensable Intermediaries:  Paul's Co-Workers" at 4 p.m. and on "Mutual Ministry in the Pauline Churches" at 7:30 p.m.  The lectures will be in room 130 of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building. 

Malherbe taught at Yale University from 1970 until his retirement in 1994.  A native of Pretoria, South Africa, he received a degree in Greek from Abilene Christian and earned his STB from the Harvard Divinity School and PhD in Theology from Harvard University.  While a student at Harvard in the late 1950s, he was co-founder of Restoration Quarterly, an academic journal.

Malherbe joined the ACU faculty in 1963 as an associate professor of Bible specializing in New Testament and the Greek philosophical and religious backgrounds to early Christianity.  During his time as a professor at ACU, he was a founding editor of the Living Word Commentary series, and was presented the Blue Key honor society's Faculty Award by the A Club in 1966 and named as the Trustee's Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1967.

He is the author of numerous books, including Social Aspects of Early Christianity, Paul and the Popular Philosophers:  The Philosophic Tradition of Pastoral Care, Ancient Epistolary Theorists, and the recent commentary, The Letters to the Thessalonians.  As a specialist in the relationship between the New Testament and the Greco-Roman world, he has also contributed many articles to major dictionaries and journals on the historical context of early Christianity.

For more than a decade, some of the world's leading scholars have come to ACU to deliver the Carmichael-Walling Lectures, including Tjitze Baarda (University of Amsertdam), Bruce Metzger (Princeton Theological Seminary), Luke Timothy Johnson (Emory University), James VanderKam (Notre Dame), and David Parker (Birmingham, England).

The Carmichael-Walling Lectures are designed to present current scholarship in New Testament studies.  The lectures are open to the public, and no reservations are required.  For more information, contact Dr. James Thompson, associate dean of the Graduate School of Theology at 325-674-2720. 

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