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Speaker Bio:

Speaker for the 24th Annual Duerr Lecture Series will be Dr. Samuel L. Adams, the Mary Jane and John F. McNair Chair in Biblical Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. (History) from Davidson College.

He is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served churches in Chicago, New Haven, and Richmond. His research and writing efforts focus primarily on wisdom literature. His publications include a comprehensive study on wisdom literature past and present (with Matthew Goff), recently published, and a book, Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions, examining conceptions of retribution, death, and the afterlife in Jewish instructions. Another research area is wealth and poverty in the biblical world and today. His book, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea, Westminster John Knox, 2014, looks at economic life in the Bible and beyond. Other interests include apocalypticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Bible and film, and the Bible and Christian theology in the context of American political discourse.

Adams’ background includes a career in politics prior to graduate school and serving as a teacher at a Church of South India college. He is editor of the seminary’s journal, Interpretation.

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