Published on April 26, 2019 by Colton Allen  

The Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson Divinity School will host its second annual Anglican Theology Conference, Sept. 24-25. This year’s conference, “Jewish Roots of Christianity,” will bring in leading scholars to present cutting-edge research on the campus of Samford University.

“Interest in Jewish roots is somewhat new in the history of Christianity, and especially for Christian scholars,” said Gerald McDermott, Beeson’s Anglican Chair of Divinity and conference organizer. “This is important not only for scholars but also for the church.” 

The conference will address topics such as the Jewish roots of Christian liturgy, post-Holocaust theology, Messianic Judaism, Paul and Jewish law, and whether Jesus was breaking from the Judaism of his day. Speakers include Mark Kinzer, president emeritus of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute; Eugene Korn, academic director of The Center of Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel; and David M. Moffitt, senior lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of St. Andrews; among many others.

General admission tickets are complimentary for Samford University students, employees. Tickets are available to the public for $100.

All sessions will take place in the Regions Room in Brock School of Business except for the 11 a.m. community worship on Sept. 24 with Foley Beach, archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, preaching in Beeson Divinity School's Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel. 

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.