News Releases 2008

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 become 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.