Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-08-20

New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, will deliver the 2008 Holley-Hull Lectures at Brookwood Baptist Church and Samford University Sept. 10-11.

Dr. Witherington will speak on "A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic Culture" Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. at Brookwood.

He will discuss the topic, "Transfixed: A Vision of Worship," based on Revelation 4, Thursday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel at Samford. Also at Samford the same day, he will lead a faculty workshop on "Shifting the Paradigms: Oral Texts and Rhetorical Contexts in the New Testament" at 3 p.m. in Brooks Hall Auditorium. A reception in the SIM Forum will follow his afternoon session.

All the programs are open to the public free.

The author of more than 30 books, Witherington has taught at Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, Ashland Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His best known books are The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. His most recent book is What Have They Done with Jesus? Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History.

Witherington is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell and Ph.D from the University of Durham in England.

A member of the Society for New Testament Studies, he is a frequent interview subject on radio and has been seen on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, A&E and the Pax Network discussing religion topics.

The Samford-sponsored lectures are part of the annual Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures: New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World in Honor of Dr. William E. Hull. Dr. Hull is Samford research professor and retired provost who has written widely on Christian themes.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.