University of Tennessee
Monday, March 9, 2015

Reading the Old Testament: The Origins and Authority of Scripture

March 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm
University Center Ballroom

Tuesday, March 10, 11:15AM 
Luncheon with Dr. Walton: “Advice to Young Christian Academics”
Executive Dining Room, University Center
Reservations, $3/person: 865.558.5773

Tuesday, March 10 from 7:00PM-10:00PM
Workshop with Dr. Walton: “Origins Today: Genesis through Ancient Eyes”
Hodges Library Auditorium, no reservations needed.  Free and open to the public.

About the Presenters
Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
John H. Walton is a Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and former professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years. His work primarily emphasizes Israelite interactions with Ancient Near East backgrounds and the development of Hebrew Culture, particularly Genesis. John’s work challenges modern readers to compare the culture and literature of the Bible with its Ancient Near East background. He is passionate about giving people a better understanding of the Old Testament. His latest upcoming publication is Lost World of Adam and Eve (IVP: 2015, forthcoming this March), and his recent publications include Lost World of Scripture (IVP: 2013), Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology (Eisenbrauns: 2011), and Lost World of Genesis One (IVP: 2009). He has also served as the General Editor for a five volume series, The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and General Editor of a 20 vol. Baker Commentary Series, Teach the Text. Professor Walton has an M.A. in Biblical Studies with an Old Testament concentration from Wheaton Graduate School and he earned his PhD from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion focusing on Hebrew and Cognate Studies.
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, University of Tennessee

Erin Darby's is an Assistant Professor in Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee. Her research and teaching interests include topics in Biblical Studies (especially Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism), Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Judaic Studies, Ritual Studies, and Gender Studies. Erin is also the co-director of the ‘Ayn Gharandal Archaeological Project in southern Jordan, where she and her husband run an archaeological field school during the summer months. Upcoming projects include further work on figurines from Israel, Jordan, and Syria and the publication of the excavations at ‘En Hatsevah, Israel. Erin has an M.A. in Religious Studies from Missouri State University and earned her PhD from Duke University; her dissertation focuses on small female figurines from southern Israel, using various modes of inquiry to ascertain the function and role of the figurines in Judean ritual life. Her latest book is entitled Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in Judean Apotropaic Ritual (Forschungen Zum Alten Testament 2.Reihe, 2014).

History at University of Tennessee

In spring of 2014, the University of Tennessee explored questions related to science and faith at their Veritas Forum.  They invited Jeffrey Schloss and Andrew Kramer to discuss "The Believing Neanderthal: A Conversation on Evolution, Faith and Human uniqueness". 

In 2013, The Veritas Forum at the University of Tennessee welcomed Marla Frederick, from Harvard University, to discuss church, justice and American life with UTK Professor Mark Hulsether, at "We've Come This Far By Faith".