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Yale Divinity School Dean to Join Columbia Theological Seminary Faculty


Decatur, GA. – David Bartlett, Yale Divinity School’s dean of academic affairs and Lantz Professor of Preaching and Communication, has been named Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. During the 2004-2005 academic year, beginning fall 2004, he will be Scholar-in-residence at Columbia while he engages in sabbatical study and completes his service to Yale Divinity School. He will join the Columbia faculty full time in fall 2005. An ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches, USA, Bartlett served congregations in Minnesota, Illinois, and California and taught at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, before joining the faculty at Yale in 1990. His latest book, What’s Good About This News? Preaching from the Gospels and Galations, explores how to reconcile the biblical text's message to our contemporary context and a particular congregation's character and need. A collection of his sermons, To the Beloved in New Haven: David Bartlett’s Yale Sermons, edited by Yale divinity student Ian Doescher, is forthcoming. Speaking of his appointment at Columbia, President Laura S. Mendenhall says, “I am so pleased to imagine what may happen in our New Testament classes as David Bartlett brings his work in homiletics to the depth of study we are already offering. I believe students will be encouraged to read the New Testament with an ear for preaching Good News to those longing for such a Word in Scripture.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was founded in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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