Tom Wright graced us with two lectures, the James A Gray lectures, during Duke’s Fall Convocation.  James A. Gray was an entrepreneurial Christian lay man from Centenary UMC in Winston Salem, who endowed a chair of Bible at UNC, and this lectureship at Duke.  These lectures which Tom gave were a revisiting and reinvigorating of…

During our free time our Yuliya (now working on her PhD at the U. of Chicago in Theology and the Arts) and I and our friend Roger Nelson  (aka John Wesley) went to see the spectacular Cadet Chapel at the Air Force Academy. What I did not know about this chapel is that is actually…

Though not part of the Convocation per se,  the Sunday worship service which Ann and I and Christy attended featured Tom Wright preaching on the conjunction of two texts involving lepers. The first, the famous story of Naaman the Syrian, and the second the Lukan text about the ten lepers of which only one, the…

Above you will see not only my favorite watering hole on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, you also get a glimpse of two relatives of my, geared up to go see the Heels play Son of Clem (i.e. Clemson).  It was a beautiful Fall day, but man cannot live by football alone, so first, we…

Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington

Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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