McMurry University Hosts Christian Author and Theologian Dr. John Behr at Willson-Bennett Lecture Series April 1

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:38 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, Professor of Patristics and Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York, will be the featured speaker at McMurry University’s 2016 Willson-Bennett Lectures. He will speak on “Lifting the Veil: Reading Scripture with the Early Church” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Old Main Matthews Auditorium.

Behr is an internationally prominent theologian and scholar of early Christianity. He is the author of several highly acclaimed works in his field and is a respected voice around the world on matters related to Eastern Christianity. He also teaches at Fordham University, where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics.

After completing his first degree in Philosophy in London in 1987, Behr spent a year studying in Greece. He finished an M.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford University, under Bishop Kallistos (Ware), who subsequently supervised his doctoral work, which was examined by Fr. Andrew Louth and Rowan Williams, now Archbishop of Canterbury.

While working on his doctorate, he was invited to be a Visiting Lecturer at St Vladimir’s Seminary in 1993, where he has been a permanent faculty member since 1995, tenured in 2000, and ordained in 2001. Before becoming Dean in 2007, he served as the editor of St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and he still edits the Popular Patristics Series for SVS Press.


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