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February 21, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) --Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University has named Abraham Smith as the new associate professor of New Testament.

Before joining the faculty at Perkins, Smith taught New Testament at Andover Newton Theological School, Boston University School of Theology and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.

Smith earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and a Master of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological. He earned his doctorate in New Testament from Vanderbilt University in 1989.

Among his recent publications are several introductions and annotations for the Oxford Annotated Bible, third edition (2001), and the Oxford Access Bible (2000). He wrote the annotation "Commentaries and Reflections on First and Second Thessalonians" in The New Interpreter's Bible Commentary (2000). Smith is the author of Comfort One Another (1995), about First Thessalonians, and has written numerous articles on the gospel of Luke, the book of Acts and African-American biblical hermeneutics.

A member of the editorial board for the experimental biblical criticism journal Semeia, Smith co-edited the Semeia volume "Slavery, Text and Interpretation" (1998), and he is one of the New Testament editors for the forthcoming New Interpreter's Annotated Study Bible.

An ordained minister of the National Baptist Church USA Inc., Smith served as a pastor for 10 years in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He continues to provide support for numerous churches through Bible studies and lectures on the Gospels and Acts. A recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Smith also has served on selection committees for the Fund for Theological Education Inc. and the Ford Foundation.

Perkins School of Theology was founded in 1915 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now the United Methodist Church, as one of the original schools of Southern Methodist University. Offering a variety of degree programs, it remains one of the few university-related theological schools in the nation. For more information, call 1-888-THEOLOGY or visit the website at