Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Neustadt Lectures feature eminent scholar


Neustadt Lecture topics will be:

  • "Reflections on Psalm 137," 1 p.m.

  • "How Do We Know About God? Psalm 19 in Light of Archaeology and Karl Barth," 3 p.m.

  • "A Little Higher Than Angels": Psalm 29 and the Genre of Heavenly Praise, 7 p.m.

Benjamin Sommer, a renowed professor of Bible and ancient Semitic languages, will present the 2011 Neustadt Lectures on Feb. 17 on the campus of Oklahoma City University.

The theme is: "Psalms in Modern and Ancient Perspectives: Notes from a Contemporary Jewish Commentator’s Workshop."

Dr. Sommer will make his first presentation at 1 p.m., in the weekly chapel service, and also will lecture at 3 and 7. All events are in Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel; they are free and open to the public.

He teaches at Jewish Theological Seminary of America, in New York City. Previously he directed the Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., where he taught from 1994 through 2008.

He also has authored a number of well-received books. He is editor of the Psalms volumes of the Jewish Publication Society Bible Commentary Series and is writing the first of that five-volume set.

Professor Sommer and his wife, Jennifer Dugdale, have three children. The family attends Congregation Beth Sholom, Teaneck, N.J.


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