LETU Professor to Present Research at National Bible Conference
Mon, Sep 22 2008
LeTourneau University professor of biblical studies Dr. Renate Hood
will present her research on
teaching freshman college students how to study
and interpret the Bible at the annual national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Nov.
21-25, in Boston, Mass. Her presentation is titled, “Tool time for Freshmen in Biblical
Studies: a Pragmatic Approach to Hermeneutics.”
Hermeneutics is the study of theories of
interpretation of religious
texts, such as the Bible.
Hood will share clippings from presentations that her students
present in class. The Society of Biblical Literature, founded in 1880, is the oldest and largest
international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. The
organization boasts more than 8,500 members. The SBL conference is on the cutting edge of pedagogy
and teaching biblical literature and attracts teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals
from all walks of life who share mutual interests in critical biblical interpretation. Many of the
attendees are professors or ministers with their doctorate degrees who are training to
biblical scholars. The conference is highly
competitive with hundreds of papers submitted for consideration.
Hood and her husband, Dr. Ronnie Hood, recently
co-authored a commentary on Philippians for a study guide with companion teaching guide with
BaptistWay Press in volumes on the books of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.