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McMurry University to host Sikes-Melugin Lectureship

By Gary Ellison, Associate Director University Relations - McMurry University



ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University alumnus and noted theologian Dr. Gene Tucker will be the featured speaker for the 2009 Sikes-Melugin Lectures in Religious Studies at McMurry University. The lectures are open to the public free of charge.{{more}}Dr. Tucker will be giving the following presentations: Monday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Furr Welcome Center: “God Saw that It was Good: The World in the Old Testament” Tuesday, February 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mabee Room of the Garrison Campus Center: “Choose Life: Human Existence in the Old Testament” Dr. Tucker’s distinguished academic career began at McMurry, where he received his B.A. degree cum laude in 1957. He earned further degrees at Yale University, culminating with his Ph.D. in 1963. Since then, he has taught at a number of institutions, ranging from Duke Divinity School to the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, working to prepare young men and women for the ministry. Dr. Tucker is a specialist in the study of the Old Testament. In addition to teaching, he has authored, co-authored, or edited nineteen books, plus additional articles and book reviews on the subject. He is a major contributor to the New Interpreter’s Bible. He is also an ordained Elder in the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Sikes-Melugin Lectureship in Religious Studies was given in honor of Opie L. and John G. Sikes and Ruby D. and Roy Melugin Sr., by their children and grandchildren.

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