—Dr. Jo Ann Hackett, professor of Middle Eastern studies and religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin, to give annual Thompson Lecture on Monday, February 17—
Princeton, NJ, February 10, 2014–
Dr. Jo Ann Hackett, professor of Middle Eastern studies and religious studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will deliver Princeton Seminary’s annual Alexander Thompson Lecture on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, at the corner of Mercer Street and Library Place in Princeton. The title of her lecture is “Ruth's Undoing.” It is free and open to the public.

jo ann hackett The lecture will explore the biblical book of Ruth. Far from being the sweet and straightforward story of a poor daughter (-in-law) who stands by her poor mother (-in-law) until they are both rescued by a wealthy relative, the story is in fact a jumble of questionable actions and improbable beliefs, leading the reader to question even the most cynical interpretations that have been applied to it. In her lecture, Hackett will explore these ideas.

Hackett has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin since 2009. Prior to that she taught at Harvard University as professor of the practice of biblical Hebrew and northwest Semitic epigraphy. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Indiana University, and DePauw University.

She has published A Basic Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Hendrickson Publishers), and The Balaam Text from Deir Alla (Scholars Press). Hackett was awarded the Everett S. Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Harvard University Graduate Student Council in 2006.                                                               
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