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Religious Studies Prof. to Give Pre-Commencement Lecture

The Friends of Owen D. Young and Launders Libraries’ Pre-Commencement Lecture will be delivered by Michael R. Greenwald, associate professor of religious studies, at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

His lecture, titled “Why do Christians Have Their Own Bible?” will explore what made Christians think that they needed a new set of texts so that they now have a two-part canon.

Greenwald, who is retiring after 28 years of teaching at St. Lawrence, earned his bachelor’s degree in astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, a master’s degree in Hebrew letters at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1973 and was ordained “rabbi” there in 1975. He earned his doctorate in New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University in 1989. During his teaching tenure at St. Lawrence, he has taught 29 different courses in three departments, including a range of courses in biblical and Jewish studies, Religion and Science, Religion and Theology in the Fantasy World of J.R.R. Tolkien as well as language courses in Hebrew and Hellenistic Greek, and in the First-Year Program.

For more information, contact Paul Doty, librarian and chair of FODYLL, at 315-229-5483.