Paul Kurtz (M.Div., 2010) received a Fulbright award to study at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany, where he is researching divine imagery and cosmology in the Psalter under the direction of Professor Hermann Spieckermann. Kurtz said, “The generous financial support from the Fulbright Commission, as well as the honor of the award itself, made the decision [to accept] an easy one. The experience thus far has been absolutely fantastic, and I am immensely grateful to the faculty at PTS for all their support.” Throughout the application process, Kurtz received generous advising from the Biblical Studies Department, especially from Professors F.W. “Chip” Dobbs-Allsopp, Jeremy Hutton, and Choon-Leong Seow, in addition to James Charlesworth, professor of New Testament Studies and the director of PTS’s Fulbright program


Paul Kurtz in Germany
Photo: Moni Glaetzer

“I cannot recommend the Fulbright program highly enough,” Kurtz said, “and I am pleased that PTS has such a good history” with the program. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, PTS is a “top producer of Fulbright students.” Last year, fellow PTS alumnus Samuel Lacy (Th.M., 2009) was awarded a Fulbright to study theology and history under Professor Irene Dingel at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany.

Upon completion of his studies in Göttingen, Kurtz will pursue doctoral studies in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East at the University of Chicago Divinity School.