“Origins of Monotheism” is Subject of Rhodes’ Batey Lecture


Publication Date: 8/30/2007

Dr. Mark Smith, the Skirball Professor of Hebrew and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University, will present “The Origins of Monotheism” September 17 at Rhodes College. Free and open to the public, the lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center.

The Rhodes presentation is part of the annual Batey Lecture Series named for New Testament scholar Dr. Richard Batey who retired from Rhodes in 2005.

Smith has taught at Yale University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he specializes in the Late Bronze Age texts and religion from Ugarit, Israelite religion, and biblical literature.

Among his ten books are The Origins of Biblical Monotheism: Israel′s Polytheistic Background and the Ugaritic Texts.

Those with specific inquiries about the Batey Lecture Series at Rhodes College can contact John Rone at 901-843-3888.