The symposium seeks to bring a well-known expert in a field relevant to biblical studies to Freed-Hardeman University for academic advancement. This year’s symposium will focus on questions related to the Intertestamental Period, the period from 330 BC to AD 135 that spans the gap between the Old and New Testaments. Studying the period from Alexander the Great to the Bar Kochba revolt aids students of the New Testament in understanding the political and religious setting of the world of Jesus and Paul. Over the last century the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, various apocryphal works, and the writings of Greek and Latin authors have helped scholars to gain a better understanding of the land and peoples of this time period. Yet many students of the Bible never take much time to consider what happened during the period between Daniel and the Christ.
Dr. Craig L. Blomberg is well studied in this area and will lead us in informative discussions that will aid in building a better understanding of this historical period "between the testaments."
Dr. Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He holds the B.A. from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, the M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and the Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.