Facing Goliaths

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Political scientists and theologians from around the country gathered at Boston College March 7 and 8 to consider the biblical King David’s life as a politician—as a unifier of his people and a diplomat among hostile neighbors. The goal, according to Boston College associate professor of theology David Vanderhooft, was to examine the “complexity of David as a political figure . . . not just an object lesson in piety.” Sponsored by the Boston College theology department, the Initiative for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, and the Boston College Institute for the Liberal Arts, the colloquy took place in the Murray Room of the Yawkey Athletic Center. During a break in Monday’s sessions were (from left): Baruch Halpern, Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, Penn State University; Jeffrey Cooley, assistant professor of theology, Boston College; Vanderhooft; Pheme Perkins, professor of theology, Boston College; Amanda Podany, professor of history, California State Polytechnic, Pomona; and Jimmy Roberts, the William Henry Green Professor of Old Testament Literature (emeritus), Princeton Theological Seminary.

This feature was posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 and is filed under Featured Photo.

Photograph Lee Pellegrini