Posted by: Center for Research in Science
Robert R. “Bobby” Duke, Ph.D., associate professor of biblical studies in Azusa Pacific’s School of Theology, will present “Can Archaeology ‘Prove’ the Bible? The Use and Abuse of Scientific Tools.”
Duke’s areas of expertise include Old Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Second Temple Judaism. Duke has spent almost four years studying in the Middle East, which has highly influenced his perspectives and teaching. “Visions of Amram,” his dissertation from UCLA on the Aramaic Qumran text, was published as The Social Location of the Visions of Amram (4Q543–547) (2010). Duke has also devoted research time to improving pedagogy in biblical studies, investigating how service-learning and community-engaged teaching can improve student retention of course material. Among his many awards, Duke received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at Hebrew University in 2000–01, and was a Fellow at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in 2005. Duke is the Western Region director and Distinguished Scholar of Hebrew Texts for the Green Scholars Initiative (greenscholarsinitiative.org/ scholars-staff).