Posted by William Nunnelley on 2008-03-20

Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, founding dean of McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, will deliver the inaugural Ray Frank Robbins Lecture in Religion at Samford University Thursday, March 27.

He will speak at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The program is open to the public free.

Culpepper is a New Testament scholar who taught at Baylor University prior to becoming dean at McAfee. He is New Testament editor for the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary and for the Biblical Interpretation Series published by E.J. Brill, and is on the editorial board for the Library of New Testament Studies.

Culpepper has written nine books including Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel and John the Son of Zebedee. 

The late Ray Frank Robbins was also a New Testament scholar who taught at Samford in the l940s and ´50s and later at New Orleans Baptist Seminary and Mississippi College. He also served churches as an interim pastor during a career that spanned 50 years. Following his death in 2003, his family established the Ray Frank Robbins Lectureship at Samford.

About Samford UniversitySamford is a premier nationally ranked Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts and a distinct blend of graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 3rd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranks Samford 34th among private universities in the U.S. for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,692 students from 46 states and 28 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.