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Old Testament scholar featured at BYU forum May 6

Old Testament scholar and Methodist minister Margaret Barker will discuss "What Did Josiah Reform? The Earlier Religion of Israel" at Brigham Young University during a forum Tuesday (May 6) at 11:05 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

The forum will be broadcast live on KBYU-TV (Channel 11), KBYU-FM (89.1), the BYU-Television and BYU-Radio satellite networks and at It will be rebroadcast Sunday, May 18, at 6 and 11 a.m. on KBYU-TV, on BYU-Television at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on KBYU-FM at 8 p.m.

Barker has published eight books reconstructing pre-exilic Israelite religion using ancient texts that preserve fragments of that earlier religion and that are drawn from all textual traditions that have Biblical origins. She found a model of the pre-exilic religion in the texts of first-century Christianity.

She has been recognized for her work by her election as president of the Society for Old Testament Study, a U.K.-based international association of Old Testament scholars.

Writer: Elizabeth B. Jensen

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