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Above: Ralph Klein, preaching at the installation of Esther Menn as the Ralph W. and Marilyn R. Klein Chair of Old Testament, with his grandsons.

Peter Machinist

Peter Machinist
Lecture Speaker: "What is Wisdom for? The Problem of Ecclesiastes"

Inauguration of the Ralph W. and Marilyn R. Klein Chair of Old Testment

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2010

On September 15, LSTC inaugurated its newest endowed chair, a gift of the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. and Mrs. Marilyn R. Klein. Dr. Klein preached at the 11 a.m. inauguration service. Esther Menn, professor of Old Testament and director of LSTC’s Advanced Studies Program is the chair’s first occupant.

At 2 p.m. Dr. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, a former student of Klein’s, delivered the inaugural lecture.

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1) Message based on Exodus 32:7-14 delivered by Ralph W. Klein. [Download and listen to MP3 file] Or press the arrow below to begin streaming audio. [Read the text of the message.]

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2) Installation of Esther Menn as the Klein Chair of Old Testament. (James Kenneth Echols and Michael Shelley preside.)
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3) Michael Shelley's Introduction of Peter Machinist.
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4) Peter Machinist's Lecture.
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5) Follow up discussion with Peter Machinist.
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About the Speaker

Dr. Peter Machinist is the Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and Member of the faculty of the Divinity School, Harvard University.

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