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Religion Scholar Mark Smith to Discuss Monotheism

Bethlehem, Pa., October 13, 2009—New York University Professor Mark Smith, a leading scholar in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, will present “Emergence of Monotheism in Ancient Israel” at Moravian College on Monday, October 26 at noon. Smith will discuss the origins of monotheism [belief that only one god exists], a central dogma in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

Smith is a professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University who currently holds the Skirball Chair of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in his department.  He received his BA in English from John Hopkins University, his Masters in theology at Catholic University of America and his Masters of Theological Studies, concentrating in biblical studies, at Harvard Divinity School. Primarily studying West Semitic languages and literatures, including Hebrew Bible, Smith took an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Yale University.  His contributions to the study of the Hebrew Bible and Western Semitic texts as well as Ugaritic literature and religion are held in high regard, and he has been published in a number of esteemed journals and books.  He has also received various fellowships and honors, most recently the Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from NYU in 2007, and is a member of many organizations, including the Colloquium for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature.

The UBC Room is located in The Haupert Union Building, near the corner of Monocacy and Locust Street on Moravian’s Main Street Campus. Moravian College Arts & Lectures Committee, Moravian Theological Seminary, are sponsoring Smith’s visit to Moravian.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.