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Denver Seminary professor to give pair of lectures at BYU Oct. 27-28

Richard Hess, scholar of Old Testament and Semitic language

Richard Hess, a professor of Old Testament and Semitic language at Denver Seminary, will present two lectures during a visit to Brigham Young University.

Hess will address “What Did the Israelites Really Believe?” for an Ancient Near Eastern Studies Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. He will also present a Kennedy Center Lecture, “Between the Desert and the Sea: Israel’s Wilderness Journey,” Wednesday, Oct. 28, at noon. Both addresses will take place in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Admission to both lectures is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

In addition to teaching, Hess is the director of the Denver Journal, an online theological review, and the Bulletin for Biblical Research. He is also the founder and editor of the Bulletin’s Supplemental Series and is a member of a dozen scholarly societies.

His current research projects include commentaries on the books of Genesis and Kings, an introduction to the Old Testament, Hebrew grammar and the study of ancient Near Eastern texts related to the Old Testament. Hess has authored eight books, including “Israelite Religions: A Biblical and Archaeological Survey,” and published more than 100 scholarly articles and collected essays in journals such as “Biblica” and “Biblical Archaeologist.”

Hess holds a doctoral degree from Hebrew Union College, master’s degrees in divinity and theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College. He has also conducted postdoctoral research at universities in Chicago, Jerusalem, Cambridge, Sheffield and Munster and has held grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright organization and Tyndale House, Cambridge.

These lectures will be archived online. For more information on events sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, see the calendar online at

For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652.

Writer: Ricardo Castro


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