The annual George Knight Lectures will return to Logsdon Oct. 16-17.
This year’s topic is “Themes from the Gospel of John” by Dr. R. Alan Culpepper.
The first lecture, titled "Creation Ethics in the Gospel of
John," will be Monday at 7 p.m. in Logsdon Chapel followed by a reception.
On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Culpepper will be holding a dialogue in the
Logsdon Reception room. Lunch will be served at noon in the Johnson Building
Multipurpose room followed by the second lecture: “The Knowledge of God: Prophetic
Vision and Johannine Theme” at 12:45 p.m.
Dr. R. Alan Culpepper
Dr. Culpepper served as the Dean of the McAfee School of Theology from its
founding until 2015. He received a B.A. (1967) from Baylor University, his
Master of Divinity (1970) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his
Ph.D. (1974) from Duke University. Before coming to McAfee, Dean Culpepper
taught in the Religion Department at Baylor University. In addition to
administrative work, he teaches one course each semester at McAfee, a New
Testament elective in the fall and the Capstone course in the spring.
Outside of life at McAfee, Dean Culpepper is the New Testament editor
for the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary and for the Biblical Interpretation
Series published by E.J. Brill, and is on the editorial board from the Library
of New Testament Studies. He has published nine books and several articles,
curriculums, and book reviews, including “Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel,” “John
the Son of Zebedee,” The Gospel of Luke in “The New Interpreters' Bible,” and
Mark in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. His next commentary project
will be Matthew for the New Testament Library published by Westminster John
In addition, Dr. Culpepper is a member of the Society for New Testament
Studies, is a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church, and enjoys sailing the
19-foot sailboat he built.
About the Knight Lectures
The George Knight Lectures are held annually in the fall and bring to
campus noted biblical scholars to address themes promoting biblical scholarship
in the church.
Dr. George W. Knight came to Hardin-Simmons University in 1976 from the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he had served as instructor of New
Testament and Greek. He was subsequently appointed as the first Cook-Derrick
Chair of Bible and Greek at HSU. He established HSU’s archaeology program and
led more than 20 archaeological expeditions to Israel and Greece, eventually
becoming a field supervisor. He holds degrees from Louisiana College, New Orleans
Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where
he received his Ph.D. in 1973.
Dr. Knight has distinguished himself in his commitment to teaching and
scholarship and his contribution to the larger life of the University and of
the community in which he lives. Dr. Knight retired from the HSU faculty in