Published on October 25, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Samford Religion Professor James R. Strange
Samford Religion Professor James R. Strange

Samford University religion professor James R. Strange will present a free public lecture on “Archaeology, the New Testament, and the Liberal Arts at Samford University” Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Brock Forum, Dwight Beeson Hall.

In addition to his classroom teaching, Strange directs the collaborative Shikhin Excavation Project with Kinneret College colleague Mordechai Aviam. The project has produced a number of unique and important discoveries. In the Oct. 30 lecture, Strange will draw on his experiences both in the field and on campus to describe the rigorous application of rational methods at a school that maintains strong ties to Alabama Baptists and pursues a Christian mission.

The lecture is Strange’s first as Charles Jackson Granade and Elizabeth Donald Granade Chair of New Testament. The Rev. Charles Jackson Granade attended Samford (then Howard College) in Birmingham’s East Lake community, and was ordained to ministry at Ruhama Baptist Church in 1936. He went on to serve as pastor of many Alabama Baptist churches, finally at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama. He and Elizabeth Donald Granade established a charitable remainder unitrust through the Baptist Foundation of Alabama in 1984 for the creation of the chair. Samford announced Strange’s appointment to the chair in September, 2017.
About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.