The Academy resumes tonight at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Andrew Compton will begin a new series entitled "Current Trends in Old Testament Studies." Join us for a lively evening of discussion followed by a question and answer period and refreshments.
Lecture title: Issues in Old Testament History and Archaeology, Part 1
Hermeneutics, the study of how people interpret texts, has revealed three “worlds” to which texts point. There is a world inside of the text, a world in front of the text (referring to how a text changes the world of the reader), and a world that lies behind the text. This world behind the text is the world studied by historians and yet access to this world is fraught with difficulty. In this lecture, we will study how the Old Testament relates to the world standing behind it and consider how the Bible and archaeology interact as we try to reconstruct history. We will find that though neither the Old Testament or archaeology provide simple answers, they do provide us with much information to help us better understand how the worlds lying behind and inside of the text relate to one another.
Recommended Books: Iain Provan, Tremper Longman and V. Phillips Long, A Biblical History of Israel, James VanderKam & Peter Flint, The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Rev. Andrew Compton is an assistant pastor at Christ Reformed Church and a 2007 graduate of Westminster Seminary California. He has done graduate work at Claremont Graduate University and is a current graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles where his focus is on Old Testament. He has contributed to such publications as The Outlook, Westminster Theological Journal, and the forthcoming final volume of the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press, 2009). His professional areas of interest include line forms in Hebrew and Ugaritic poetry, reported speech in biblical Hebrew, biblical wisdom literature (especially the book of Proverbs), and the portrayal of Solomon in 1 Kings and later literature (both biblical and extra-biblical). Theological interests include hermeneutics, the doctrine of scripture, innerbiblical exegesis and following the "New Perspecitves on Paul." Andrew lives in Upland, CA with his wife Pamela and daughter and enjoys running, biking, brewing beer, playing trumpet and cheering for USC football