Louisville Seminary will host a book signing to celebrate <1>Reading Samuel: A Literary and Theological Commentary1> by Dr. Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 in the Winn Center. The commentary is part of the Reading the Old Testament Series from Smyth & Helwys Publishing, which features cutting-edge research in an accessible format.
This literary and theological commentary, as interpreted by Dr. van Wijk-Bos, the Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Seminary, provides a view of ancient Israel in the era of Samuel, Saul and David with stories that comprise the rich fabric of life, from parental yearning for their young to spousal and sibling relationships. The accounts also provide an inside look at royal intrigue, military campaigns, occult practices and the significance of religious objects of veneration.
The book, released by Smyth & Helwys Publishing in 2012, is edited by Mark E. Biddle, Russell T. Cherry Professor of Hebrew Bible and Old Testament at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. The Reading the Old Testament series will feature 19 volumes of innovative insights by leading biblical scholars.
Dr. van Wijk-Bos will sign books from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Winn Center on Nov. 1. Remarks about the publication will be shared by faculty colleagues. The book is available for purchase in the Seminary bookstore. The event is open to the public.
Dr. van Wijk-Bos holds degrees from Leiden University, The Netherlands (MDiv, MPhil) and Union Theological Seminary, New York (MPhil, PhD). Dr. van Wijk-Bos is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is engaged in issues of justice for women and disadvantaged groups locally and in the global arena. A pioneering woman in theological teaching, she was the only woman in 1976 to receive a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the first woman to receive academic tenure at Louisville Seminary.