Sprunt Lectures Reflect on “The Name Above All Others”

Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Old Testament Interpretation S. Dean McBride, Jr. is the keynote speaker for Union Presbyterian Seminary’s 103rd annual Sprunt Lecture Series, May 5, 6, and 7, on the Richmond campus. Dr. McBride will be addressing the emergence of the issue that has occupied western theological discourse since Hellenistic antiquity: Is the God who is self-disclosed by name in Jewish and Christian scriptures identical with the anonymous, all-encompassing ‘One God’ of Greco-Roman philosophical theology? Among McBride's particular interests in biblical scholarship are pentateuchal laws and theology and the history of ancient Israelite religion in its Near Eastern context.


“Anyone who has been taught by Dr. McBride will affirm the precision of his scholarship, his dedication to teaching, and his deep faith which drives him to share his gifts,” said Director of Alumni/ae Development Lynn McClintock. “For those who have not been with Dr. McBride in the classroom, this is a golden opportunity to experience four lectures that may enrich, if not, shake up, their understanding of God.”


Worship will be led by Agnes Winston Norfleet (M.Div.'86), pastor of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Bryn Mawr, PA. Her preaching has been described as “a unique blend of original, articulate biblical insight and grassroots activism. Her preaching inspires both the mind and the soles of one’s feet.” She has been the featured Presbyterian speaker on the nationally-syndicated Day 1 radio broadcast (formerly The Protestant Hour).


Heath Rada (M.A.'70) is the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus. He is former president of PSCE and CEO of the Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross. As an active church member, Rada has served in numerous capacities on the local, presbytery, and national levels of the Presbyterian Church.  A published author and noted speaker, he has been honored numerous times for his contributions to the church and to the community. He is currently a candidate for Moderator of the PC (USA).


You are invited to attend Sprunt Lectures, free of charge.  To register, please visit, www.regonline.com/spruntlectures2014, or call 804.278.4245.