Dunham Bible Museum Lectures

The Dunham Bible Museum Lectures were initiated in 2008 to illuminate the Bible’s influence on every area of academic discipline and culture.

2016

  • Dr. John Fea  – Chair of the Department of History at Messiah College and author of The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society –  “200th Anniversary of the American Bible Society”
  • Ad Fontes, Ad Futura: Erasmus’ Bible and the Impact of Scripture, a conference on the 500th anniversary of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament, in conjunction with the Department of Theology.
    • Dr. Craig Evans“Erasmus and the Beginnings of Textual Fundamentalism”
    • Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School and a leading scholar on the theology of the Reformation,  “Erasmus and the Search for the Christian Life”
    • Dr. Herman Seldherhuis– “The Impact of Erasmus’ Biblical Work on the Reformation”
    • Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, Senior Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts –  “Erasmus and the Publication of the First Greek New Testament”
  • Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Winston Churchill and co-author of God and Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours. Jonathan Sandys’ lecture “The Bible and Winston Churchill” was recorded in Belin chapel.

2015

Permissions were not granted to video the lectures in 2015.

2014

  • Dr. Doug Petrovich, with degrees in theology as well as Syro-Palestinaian archaeology, Dr. Petrovich is a specialist in the fields of biblical history and the biblical languages and is experienced in Egyptian hieroglyphics and archaeology. -“Israel in Egypt”.   Permission not granted to video.
Archaeology Conference, February 8, 2014

2013

Dr. Peter Lillback, “George Washington and the Bible”
Dr. Lillback is President of Westmisnter Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster.  He also serves as President of The Providence Forum.  His books include George Washington’s Sacred Fire, A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institute and Wall of Misconception.

2011-2012

KJV Conference, October 28-29, 2011
    • Gerald Bray-“Translating the Bible from William Tyndale to King James
      Gerald Bray is research professor of  Divinity History and Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. An ordained minister in the Church of England, Dr. Bray is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including three volumes in the Ancient Christian Commentary Series and the just released first volume in the Reformation Commentary Series, on Galatians and Ephesians. His Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present is an excellent treatment of the history of Biblical interpretation. HisTranslating the Bible from William Tyndale to King James, published by The Latimer Trust, provides the theological and historical ancestry of the King James Bible.
    • Leonard Greenspoon-“Jewish Origins of the King James Version and its Legacy within Judaism
      Leonard Greenspoon holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization and Professor of Classical & Near Eastern Studies and of Theology at Creighton University.  Interested in translations of the Bible since his graduate days at Harvard, Dr. Greenspoon has edited or authored numerous books and articles dealing with aspects of translations of the Bible, on topics ranging from the earliest translation of the Bible, the Septuagint, to versions of the Bible composed as recently as last year. Recognized internationally as an expert on the history of Jewish Bible translations, and he has been involved as editor or consultant in two Bible translation projects. He is presently completing a book on Jewish Bible translations for the American Bible Society. In addition to his work on Bible translation.
    • Donald Brake –  A Royal Monument of English Literature: The King James Version, 1611-2011
      Donald Brake is Dean Emeritus, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Brake served as a missionary in Ethiopia, President of Jerusalem University College (formerly the Institute of Holy Land Studies), and pastor before becoming Dean at Multnomah. Dr. Brake has avidly collected rare Bibles and manuscripts for over thirty years, amassing one of the most complete private collections of rare English Bibles and Greek New Testaments in America. While Dr. Brake’s collection now resides at Houston Baptist University and is exhibited at the Dunham Bible Museum, it can also be viewed in beautiful illustrations in Dr. Brake’s A Visual History of the English Bible and A Visual History of the King James Bible.
    • David Jeffrey – “The Power of a Common Text: the KJV and Biblical Authority”
      David Jeffrey has been Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University since 2000. He is also Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Ottowa, and has been Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) since 1996 and Honorary Professor at the university of International Business and Economics (Beijing) since 2005. Among his numerous awards and honors is the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, awarded in 2003. He has written and edited numerous books. Most pertinent to the subject of this conference are A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992), People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996),Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture (2003), The Bible and the University (2007), The King James Bible and the World it Made (2011). He contributed the article ―”Habitual Music – The King James Bible and English Literature” to the American Bible Society’s KJV Study Edition.
    • Timothy Larsen“A People of One Book: The KJV and the Victorians”
      Timothy Larsen is Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College. A Fellow of the Royal Society and has been a Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge. Dr. Larsen’s research and writing tends to explore theological and intellectual ideas as they were appropriated and wrestled with in specific cultural, social, and historical contexts. Dr. Larsen is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England. Most recently, in time for the KJV’s 400th anniversary, he has published A People of One Book: The Bible and the Victorians, exploring the Bible’s dominant presence in Victorian England.
    • Leland RykenLegacy of the King James Bible”
      Leland Ryken is professor of English at Wheaton College and the author of numerous books on the Bible as Literature and Christian perspectives on literature. Among his works are Worldly Saints, ESV Literary Study Bible, The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation, Milton and Scriptural Tradition, The Apocalyptic Vision in Paradise Lost, and The Legacy of the King James Bible.
    • Liana Lupas “Through all the Earth: the King James Bible in America” Liana Lupas is curator of the rare Bible collection of the American Bible Society at the Museum of the Bible in Art (MOBIA). Lupas was Professor of Classics at the University of Romania before she and her husband came to the United States as refugees from communist Romania. Among Lupas’ publications is The Translators to the Reader, an annotated edition of the original preface of the 1611 King James Version, edited along with Erroll Rhodes.
    • Robert Sloan – “The Hallelujah Chorus: A Theological Reading of Scripture
      Robert Sloan is the third President of Houston Baptist University, coming to Houston in 2006. Before coming to HBU, Sloan was a faculty member in Baylor’s Department of Religion, the founding dean of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and President of Baylor University. Both at Baylor and HBU, Sloan has focused on combining excellence of academic scholarship with a distinctive Christian mission.
  • Dr. Peter Williams  “Things Which Ought to be Better Known about the Resurrection of Jesus,” April 2, 2012
    Dr. Williams is the Warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England.  Educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible, Dr. Williams has been on the faculty of Cambridge University and the University of Aberdeen.  He has written numerous articles and monographs on the Biblical texts and was co-editor of The New Testament in its First Century Setting.

2010-2011

  • Dr. John Laing-“The Bible and U.S. Chaplains”PDF
    Dr. Laing is Asst. Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  A member of the Army since 1986, Laing has been U.S. Chaplain since 1997.  Dr. Laing’s book In Jesus’ Name: Evangelicals and Military Chaplaincy was published in 2010, while he was on a tour of duty in Iraq.
  • Astronaut Jeff Williams-“The Work of His Hands”
    Jeff Williams holds a BS from West Point, MS and AE degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a MA degree from the Naval War College.  Williams became an astronaut in 1996.  He has logged over 362 days in space on three space flights, the last two for stretches of nearly six months each. Williams, a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, reflects on scenes of earth from his Space Shuttle flights, addressing themes of the goodness of divine Providence, God’s care for His creation, and His wisdom in ordering the universe.

2009-2010

  • Dr. Daniel Dreisbach-“How the English Bible Shaped American Culture
    Daniel Dreisbach is Professor in the Department of Justice, Lawn and Society at the American University in Washington, D.C.  He has authored or edited five books and numerous articles on American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure.
  • Dr. Thomas D. Rossin-“Johann Sebastian Bach: His Bible and His Music
    Thomas Rossin is a composer, church musician, and the founder and conductor of the choral group Exultate. His choral compositions have been published by Concordia Publishing House and Kjos Music Press. Rossin’s Doctoral dissertation topic from the University of Minnesota was an analysis of the marginal notations made by J.S. Bach in his personal Bible.
  • Dr. Ronald White-“The Bible and Lincoln
    Ronald C. White, Jr. is the author of Lincoln’s Greatest Speech a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and The Eloquent President: a Portrait of Lincoln through His Words, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and a Book-of-the-Month Club and a History Book Club selection. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and Professor Emeritus of American Religious History at San Francisco Theological Seminary. White’s A. Lincolnwas a best-selling biography during the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth.
  • Dr. Leland Ryken-“The Bible as a Literary Classic
    Leland Ryken is professor of English at Wheaton College and the author of numerous books on the Bible as Literature and Christian perspectives on literature. Among his works are Worldly Saints, ESV Literary Study Bible, The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation, Milton and Scriptural Tradition, The Apocalyptic Vision in Paradise Lost, and The Legacy of the King James Bible.
  • Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey – The Bible and Higher Education
    David Jeffrey has been Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University since 2000. He is also Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Ottowa, and has been Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) since 1996 and Honorary Professor at the university of International Business and Economics (Beijing) since 2005. Among his numerous awards and honors is the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, awarded in 2003. He has written and edited numerous books. Most pertinent to the subject of this conference are A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992), People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996),Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture (2003), The Bible and the University (2007),

2008-2009

  • Dr. Charles Ryrie-“A Sampler of the Production, Teaching, and Marketing of the English Bible from Wycliffe through the King James Version
    Dr. Ryrie is professor emeritus of Dallas Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books, includingThe Ryrie Study Bible. For many years Ryrie has been a collector of rare Bibles and manuscripts.  His Bible collection was the basis of SMU’s Bridwell Library’s major exhibit “Formatting the Word.”  In 2004, Ryrie, along with David Price, published Let it Go Among our People: An Illustrated History of the English Bible from John Wycliffe to the King James Version.
  • Dr. Naseeb Shaheen– “Biblical References in Shakespeare
    Naseeb Shaheen was an internationally known authority on Shakespeare, having published five books on biblical references in Shakespeare and Spenser.  His last volume, Biblical References in Shakespeare’s Plays (880 pages), is probably the most quoted Shakespeare book in print. Dr.  Shaheen taught Shakespeare, Literature of the English Renaissance, and The Bible as Literature at the University of Memphis. He died a few months after this lecture.
  • Dr. Donald Brake–  “Greek Texts Used in Bible Translations
    Donald Brake is Dean Emeritus, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon. Dr. Brake served as a missionary in Ethiopia, President of Jerusalem University College (formerly the Institute of Holy Land Studies), and pastor before becoming Dean at Multnomah. Dr. Brake has avidly collected rare Bibles and manuscripts for over thirty years, amassing one of the most complete private collections of rare English Bibles and Greek New Testaments in America. While Dr. Brake’s collection now resides at Houston Baptist University and is exhibited at the Dunham Bible Museum, it can also be viewed in beautiful illustrations in Dr. Brake’s A Visual History of the English Bible.
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