Hosted by the Lanier Theological Library, and sponsored by Platinum Bank, the LCU Graduate School of Theology, and Friends of the Bible Department, these lectures are a series of discussions about different aspects of faith by some of the most distinguished theological minds of our time. This year's guest, Dr. Tremper Longman III, will discuss reconciling the gracious, peaceful teachings of Jesus with the wrathful God of the Old Testament.
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Dr. Tremper Longman III is Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He earned a B.A. in Religion at Ohio Wesleyan University, M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies from Yale University.
Tremper has authored or co-authored over thirty books and written numerous articles. His books have been translated into seventeen different languages. A number of these works are interdisciplinary. His Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 1987); Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (contributor and co-editor along with Leland Ryken; Zondervan, 1993) and numerous articles approach the study of the Bible through literary criticism. He also co-authors books with the psychologist Dan Allender (Bold Love [NavPress, 1991]; Cry of the Soul [NavPress, 1994], Intimate Allies [Tyndale House Publishers, 1995], Bold Purpose [Tyndale House Publishers, 1997]), a church curriculum called The Intimate Mystery of Marriage (InterVarsity Press, 2005), Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life (IVP, 2007), and most recently God Loves Sex: An Honest Discussion of Sexual Desire and Holiness.
His interest in history and historiography is expressed in A Biblical History of Israel [co-authored with Iain Provan and Phil Long; 2nd edition, Westminster John Knox, 2015]). He has also written commentaries on Song of Songs (Eerdmans), Ecclesiastes (Eerdmans), Daniel (Zondervan), Nahum (Baker), Jeremiah and Lamentations (Hendrickson), Proverbs, Job (Baker), Psalms (IVP), and Genesis (Zondervan). For InterVarsity Press, he has produced five books: How to Read Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, and How to Read Genesis, How to Read Exodus, and How to Read Job. In August, Baker will publish his The Fear of the Lord is Wisdom: A Theological Introduction to Wisdom in Israel. He co-edited and wrote articles for The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings (IVP).
In addition, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation and has served as a consultant on other popular translations of the Bible including the Message, the New Century Version, and the Holman Standard Bible.
He is married to Alice and they have three sons and four granddaughters.
Past speakers have discussed topics such as, "The Tyranny of Tolerance," "Does the Bible Support Slavery?," and "C.S. Lewis and the Post Modern Generation: His Message 50 Years Later." As a part of this lecture series, LCU even hosted the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit on campus in 2014.