Authority on Jews and Early Christianity to Speak for 11th annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures

for immediate release Oct. 14, 1997

One of the world's leading authorities on the early Jewish response to Christ will speak during the 11th annual Carmichael-Walling Lectures on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Abilene Christian University.

Dr. Larry Hurtado, professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, will present two public lectures on "Monotheism and Christology: Early Devotion to Christ and its Jewish Religious Background" in Room 130 of the Biblical Studies Building: "What Do We Mean by 'First-Century Jewish Monotheism'?" at 4 p.m. and "Pre-70 A.D. Jewish Opposition to Christ-Devotion" at 7:30 p.m.

Having completed his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University in 1973, Hurtado was professor of religion at the University of Manitoba until 1996 when he became professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of One Lord, One God: Early Christian Devotion and Ancient Jewish Monotheism; Mark in the International Bible Commentary; and Text-Critical Methodology and Pre-Caesarean Text: Codex W in the Gospel of Mark.

"He is internationally known for his work in biblical studies, early Christology and text-critical issues," said Dr. Carroll D. Osburn, professor of Bible in the Art Carmichael Chair for New Testament Studies at ACU and director of the lectures.

For a decade, some of the world's leading scholars have come to ACU to deliver the Carmichael-Walling Lectures, including Tjitze Baarda (University of Amsterdam), Keith Elliott (University of Leeds, England), J. Neville Birdsall (University of Birmingham, England), Bruce Metzger (Princeton Theological Seminary), Kobus Petzer (University of Potchefstroom, South Africa), Richard Oster (Harding Graduate School of Religion), Joseph Tyson (Southern Methodist University), Earle Ellis (Southwestern Baptist University), Richard Bauckham (University of St. Andrews, Scotland), Luke Timothy Johnson (Emory University) and James Vanderkam (University of Notre Dame).

"The excellence of these lectures is evident, as they are traditionally published in some of the world's most respected journals and in outstanding scholarly books," Osburn said. "They are a unique opportunity for our students and the Abilene community to broaden their understanding of Scripture."

Admission is free. For further information, please call Osburn at 915-674-3799.

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