FHU's Graduate Studies in Bible To Host Symposium

OCTOBER 21, 2013

Freed-Hardeman University will host the second annual Graduate Bible Research Symposium Friday, Oct. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. in Ayers Auditorium in Brown-Kopel Business Center. Dr. Craig L. Blomberg, professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colo., will be the featured speaker.

This year’s symposium will focus on the Intertestamental Period, which spans from 330 B.C. to A.D. 135. Sessions will cover topics such as “Why Should Believers Study the Intertestamental Period?” and “The Five Most Important Figures of the Intertestamental Period.” Other activities include a luncheon, a “Questions and Answers” period and a book signing by Blomberg.

Assistant professor of Bible and coordinator of the symposium, Dr. Doug Burleson said, “We are looking forward to a day of academic discussion regarding what may be the most misunderstood pages in the Bible – the pages between the OT and NT.”

“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,” Burleson said.

“We are excited to have an opportunity for our students to interact with one of the well-known scholars who has written several of their textbooks. The opportunity to ask face-to-face questions of a scholar recognized in the broader context of academic biblical studies is a privilege. It helps them to associate ‘flesh and bones’ with some of the names they often see on the covers of academic resources in the field of biblical studies,” he said.

Blomberg holds a B.A. from Augustana College, an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author of twelve books and has co-authored and co-edited countless other books, journals and chapters in multi-author works.

Approximately 200 individuals are expected to attend the symposium. Registration for the Graduate Bible Research Symposium is available online at fhu.edu/gbrs/registration. There will be a $10 charge for those attending the luncheon.