HPU To Host Leading Biblical Scholar For Annual Keller Seminar, Finch Lecture

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 23, 2009 ? As part of its annual weeklong Keller Seminar, High Point University will host Dr. Michael D. Coogan on March 23-27. Coogan will conduct the weeklong seminar; he will also provide the annual Finch Lecture at 11 a.m. on March 24 in Phillips Hall Room 120.
The topic of the Keller Seminar will be “Job and the Problem of Suffering,” which will include an examination of the book of Job and its poetic treatment of the human condition. The course will consider other biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts that deal with the issue of evil in the world from a religious perspective, and later readings and retellings of Job by Frost, MacLeish, Wiesel, Frackenheim and others.
Coogan, director of publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and professor of religious studies at Stonehill College, has also taught at Harvard University, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University and the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He is considered one of the leading scholars in the United States, and is author of “The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction” and “The Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures.” He also served as editor of the third edition of “The New Oxford Annotated Bible.”
The Finch Lectures at HPU began in 1960, with Dean Liston Pope of Yale Divinity School as lecturer, in an effort to foster dialogue and to deepen understanding regarding issues of importance to communities of faith. Since the inaugural event, a distinguished line of clergy, humanitarians and scholars has visited the HPU campus each year.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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