A.O. Collins Lecture

Feat. Jack Levison

The Spirit of God in Biblical Perspective

Thursday, October 14 | 7:00 PM | Belin Chapel

Friday, October 15 | 12:00 PM | Atwood II, 214


Jack Levison holds the W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. An internationally acclaimed scholar, Jack also has the rare gift of engaging popular audiences, with essays appearing in huffpost.com, parade.com, relevant.com, patheos.com, and beliefnet.com. With degrees from Wheaton College, Cambridge University, where he was awarded Christ College’s Fitzpatrick Prize in theology, and Duke University, Jack has been the recipient of grants from the Rotary Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Lilly Fellows Program, The Louisville Institute, the International Catacomb Society, the Sam Taylor Foundation, and the National Humanities Center. He has been a research fellow at St. Andrews University in Scotland, Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, and Oxford Brookes University. The author of many books, including A Bountiful God: The Spirit According to the Old Testament (2020), which Christianity Today chose as a best books Award of Merit for 2021, Jack has just completed a two-volume commentary on the Greek Life of Adam and Eve, and he is co-editor of a pioneering volume on palliative care with Bob Fine, Clinical Director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care at Baylor, Scott, and White Hospital. Jack and his wife, Priscilla Pope-Levison, research professor of practical theology at Perkins School of Theology, recently moved into a residential commons as faculty-in-residence, so they now live with nearly two hundred energetic undergraduates at SMU.


About the A. O. Collins Lectures

The A. O. Collins lectures began in 1993 with the goal of bringing recognized scholars to address the university community in current trends in theology, religious studies and philosophy. The series is named for Dr. A. O. Collins who chaired HBU’s Department of Christianity and Philosophy until his retirement in 1990. Over the last two decades, due to the generosity of former students and friends of the university, top scholars from around the world have lectured on our campus on a wide range of topics on religion and philosophy.

Some of our past lecturers have included:

  • Dr. James H. Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Charles Talbert, Baylor University
  • Dr. Ellen T. Charry, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University
  • Dr. Alan Segal, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Dr. Samuel Proctor, Duke University
  • Dr. John Howard Yoder, University of Notre Dame
  • Dr. James W. McClendon, Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary’s Seminary
  • Dr. Larry Hurtado, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University
  • Dr. Craig Evans, Acadia Divinity College
  • Dr. Richard Bauckham, St. Andrews University
  • Mark Lanier, Lanier Theological Library
  • Dr. John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School
  • Dr. Dale Alison, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Dr. David Aune, University of Notre Dame
  • Dr. Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary
  • Dr. David M. Moffitt, University of St Andrews