Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-03-23

Dr. John J. Collins, Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School, will deliver the Ray Frank Robbins Lecture at Samford University Thursday, March 26.

He will speak at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel on "How To Read an Apocalypse." The public is invited free.

Collins is the author of 17 books on theology and history, the most recent being The Bible After Babel, Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age (Eerdmans Press, 2005). He also has published more than 200 articles for scholarly journals.

At Yale since 2000, Collins also has taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School, University of Notre Dame and other schools. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from University College Dublin and the Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Harvard University.

The late Ray Frank Robbins was a longtime professor at New Orleans Baptist Seminary who began his academic career teaching at Samford. He held the Ph.D. degree from New College in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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.