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Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture

Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, presented a thought-provoking  Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  Professor Hanson brought his expertise and thoughts on the role of church and faith in society, especially in the current political context, to an audience of guests and students, and opened the floor to the audience for an engaging discussion. The event was preceded by a reception with Prof. Hanson.

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About the lecturer

Dr. Paul HansenPaul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
BD, Yale University
PhD, Harvard University

Paul Hanson has taught at Harvard since 1971, and was Lamont Professor of Divinity until July 2009, when he became Lamont Research Professor.

After completing his PhD in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard in 1970, he spent a year doing archaeological research in Israel, and he has spent sabbatical years in Israel and Germany and most recently at Princeton. In his courses, he focuses on Hebrew prophecy, Jewish literature of the Second Temple Period, the religion of the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia and Egypt, and biblical theology.

He is currently working to complete a book examining the interplay between religion and politics, with emphasis on American faith communities rooted in biblical tradition. The titles of his books give an indication of his range of scholarly interests: The Dawn of Apocalyptic: The Historical and Sociological Roots of Jewish Apocalyptic Eschatology; Dynamic Transcendence: The Correlation of Confessional Heritage and Contemporary Experience in a Biblical Model of Divine Activity; The Diversity of Scripture: A Theological Interpretation; Visionaries and Their Apocalypses; Old Testament Apocalyptic; The People Called: The Growth of Community in the Bible; Isaiah 40-66; and Political Engagement as Biblical Mandate. A selection of Dr. Hanson’s books for sale at the event, with Dr. Hanson available to sign.

Dr. William LazarethAbout the Lazareth Lecture

The William Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics is presented in honor of the late Rev. Dr. William Lazareth (BD 1953), the Hagan Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of the faculty at LTSP for over 20 years. Prof. Lazareth served the church and society in a number of roles, including leadership roles nationally and internationally. He was an advocate for greater understanding through theological dialogue across the world’s denominations, as well as an advocate for the poor.

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