Old Testament scholar to speak at baccalaureate

Old Testament scholar to speak at baccalaureate

May 13, 2015

Rev. Dr. Brent A. ShawThe Rev. Dr. Brent A. Shawn, professor of Old Testament at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, will be the featured speaker at Friday's baccalaureate service at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of LaGrange.

Dr. Shawn also teaches in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory. He is affiliated with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and is a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He also directs the Doctor of Ministry program for Candler and is chair of the doctoral program in Hebrew Bible.

Dr. Strawn earned his bachelor's degree at Point Loma Nazarene College in 1992, as well as a master's in divinity degree (1995) and a doctorate (2001) at Princeton Theological Seminary.

He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including "The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life" (2012), and "The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law." (2014).

Dr. Strawn has served on the editorial board of "The Common English Bible." He preaches and teaches across the country and has appeared on CNN numerous times.

He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (North Georgia Conference) and is married with three children.

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