Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Scheduled for September 29

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WILSON, N.C. – September 19, 2022 — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. Sidnie White Crawford, Willa Cather Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Visiting Professor (Department of Bible) at Princeton Theological Seminary, as the featured speaker for the 2022 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series on Thursday, Sept. 29.

The title of Dr. Crawford’s lecture is “Let the Buyer Beware: Forgeries in the Museum of the Bible Collection.” The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel. This program is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend.

Dr. Sidnie White CrawfordDr. Crawford is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Her latest book is “The Text of the Pentateuch: Textual Criticism and the Dead Sea Scrolls” (De Gruyter 2022). Her book “Scribes and Scrolls at Qumran” (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2019) was the winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s “Best Popular Book on Archaeology” (2021) and the Frank Moore Cross Award from the American Schools of Oriental Research (2019). Dr. Crawford is Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Society of Biblical Literature series “The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition,” for which she also serves as the book editor for Deuteronomy and served as a general editor (Hebrew Bible, Deuterocanon) for the 30-year review of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible undertaken by the National Council of Churches (released in 2022). She is currently Chair of the Old Testament Editorial Board for “Hermeneia: A Commentary Series” (Fortress Press), and Board Chair Emerita of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Dr. Crawford is an Episcopal priest who moved to the Diocese of Bethlehem in 2018, and presently serves as Priest Associate at Christ Episcopal Church. She lives in Stroudsburg, Pa., with her husband, Dan, and her cat Mollie.

Established in 1991, the Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series brings to campus each fall semester distinguished performers and lecturers who focus on topics of practical Christian significance for the general public relating to contemporary issues. This lecture series was named in honor of Dr. Allan R. Sharp, professor emeritus of religion and philosophy, at the time of his retirement. The late Dr. Sharp served on the Barton College faculty from 1953-1991.

For additional information, contact Dr. Rodney A. Werline, dean of Howard Chapel, Marie and Leman Barnhill Endowed Chair in Religious Studies at Barton College, and director of the Barton College Center for Religious Studies, at rawerline@barton.edu or (252) 399-6447.

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