Christopher B. Hays, the D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Fuller Seminary, was in Colorado Springs, Colorado on August 6, 2013 to deliver a lecture at the Passages exhibit, which features rare and unique bibles, historical manuscripts, and even a fragment from the Dead Sea Scrolls
In his lecture titled "Testing Biblical History: Sennacherib's Campaign to Judah," Hays drew on his own experience in ancient near eastern studies to compare various biblical, historical and archeological accounts of Sennacherib's campaign to Judah (2 Kings 18, 2 Chronicles 32).
The Passages exhibit displays pieces of the Green Collection, which is the largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts in the world. In conjunction with the collection, Hays is involved in the Green Scholars Initiative which is a project connecting scholars with the resources in the Green Collection to facilitate pioneering research. In his capacity as a "scholar-mentor," Hays works with doctoral students on some of the cuneiform tablets that the Green family has acquired.
According to Hays, "The tablets we'll be working on will be in Akkadian. The long term goal of the program is to publish the items in the collection, and to help train a new generation of scholars in the process"
In attendance at the event were several students from Fuller Colorado's Spiritual Traditions and Practices course that was running at the same time as the lecture. Prior to the lecture a group from Fuller Colorado joined Dr. Hays at the Garden of the Gods Club for dinner to talk about themes related to Ancient Near Eastern Studies.
The group included Dr. Mary Spaulding (MAT '99 and current Hebrew instructor), Jim Romano (MAT '10, currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Manchester), Lindy Williams (MAT '08 and Fuller Colorado Program Manager), and Jimmy Hilliard (current MAT student). Dr. Jerry Pattengale, executive director of the Green Scholars Initiative, hosted the dinner.