In this lecture, Jacob L. Wright will present his NEH funded research on war commemoration. The lecture begins with both ancient and modern examples before turning to tales of King David. Prof. Wright presents a fresh, and controversial perspective on the formation of this iconic figure.

About the Speaker: PROFESSOR JACOB WRIGHT taught for several years at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) before moving to Emory University, where as Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and a member of the Faculty of Distinction he offers courses on biblical interpretation, the history and archaeology of ancient Israel, and Northwest Semitic languages. He is the author of Rebuilding Identity: The Nehemiah Memoir and Its Earliest Readers, which won a 2008 Templeton prize, the largest prize for first books in religion.