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Lenten Bible Study Series

Tuesday Evenings from Ash Wednesday through Palm/Passion Sunday


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., February 28, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 (April 3 as snow date - if needed)

Cooper Conference Room, The Erdman Center

Participants are welcome to attend single evenings, or to register for the remaining sessions. Limited scholarships are available.

   Albert Durer - Job on the Dunghill

Would you like your preparation for Easter to be more meaningful? Would you like greater insight into questions of the human heart, and whether we worship God because God is good, or because God is God?

To better spiritually prepare for the season, the School of Christian Mission and Vocation is pleased to host Dr. Leong Seow, Princeton Seminary's Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, for a Bible study series. All people (laity, clergy, and the Seminary community) are welcome to attend – registration information is below.

The focus this year will be on Job. Every year the Revised Common Lectionary calls for a reading from Job on Holy Saturday (the day after Good Friday and before Easter Sunday). How might Job help us to trust God beyond what we cannot see or control?

This will be a series of presentations on the interpretations of Job in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in Lenten homilies, liturgies,  literature,  visual arts (lots of art!), and music (from Renaissance compositions to punk rock and hip-hop).

Anticipated Schedule

  • February 28: An overview of the Book of Job
  • March 6: Jewish and post-holocaust interpretations of Job
  • March 13: Christian interpretation, including the role of Job's friends
  • March 20: Job and the Visual Arts
  • March 27: Job and literature

Bible Study Leader

Leong Seow, instructor for 2012 Lenten Bible StudyChoon-Leong Seow, Princeton Seminary’s Henry Snyder Gehman Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. An ordained Presbyterian elder, he specializes in the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, the history of ancient Israelite religion, Northwest Semitic philology, and the history of biblical interpretation and reception. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series, the Writings from the Ancient World series, and Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. He teaches courses on the interpretation of Job, Hebraica, Daniel, Aramaic, and Northwest Semitic epigraphy. Dr. Seow has literally written the book on Biblical Hebrew; his text An Introduction to Hebrew Grammar (Abingdon, 1995) is widely used at the undergraduate and graduate level.


The public is welcome to register for a fee, and members of the Princeton Seminary community may register at no cost on a space available basis. Registration for the remaining sessions is $40, including snacks. Groups of 2-4 may register for $25/person; groups of 5 or more may register for $20/person. Please inquire about limited scholarships.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy and then click here to register.

Contact Info

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Limited scholarships are also available.


Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528. Job on the dunghill, and his wife pours water on his sores, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=46323 [retrieved January 15, 2012].