Theological Lectureship

Mark S. Smith, PhD

March 19-20, 2014

Mark Smith

AMBS hosted Dr. Mark S. Smith for our annual Theological Lectureship.

Read a press release summarizing his lectures.



Becoming catholic


Wednesday, March 19, 11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount


Does God in the Bible have a body?
Wednesday, March 19, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

Why is God angry in the Bible (and what’s love got to do with it)?
Thursday, March 20, 10:15-11:30 a.m.
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

Does God in the Bible have gender or sexuality?
Thursday, March 20, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount

About Dr. Smith

Mark S. Smith, PhD, holds the Skirball Chair of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University. He completed his PhD at Yale, after earning masters degrees from the Catholic University of America, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale University. He was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America in 2010–11, and in 2011 he was elected to the American Academy for Jewish Research. He is also a two-time winner of New York University’s Golden Dozen Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the recipient of the Frank Moore Cross award for publication, given by the American Schools of Oriental Research. He has published over 100 essays and articles, including first editions of four minor manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is the author of fourteen books and co-author of two others, including God in Translation: Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World (Eerdmans, 2008); The Priestly Vision of Genesis 1 (Fortress, 2010); Stories From Ancient Canaan (Westminster John Knox, 2012), co-authored with Michael Coogan; and his forthcoming book, Poetic Heroes: The Literary Commemoration of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World (Eerdmans, 2014).

For more information, visit Dr. Smith's page on the New York University website.